UM drops out of AP Top 25 for 1st time in nearly 2 years
A year after the Maryland men’s basketball team stayed in the top 10 for several weeks despite losing several Big Ten Conference games, the Terps dropped out of the Associated Press media Top 25 poll Monday after their 62-56 season-opening win over American on Friday night.
Maryland, which was No. 25 in the preseason poll, is 27th. Cincinnati and California moved into the Top 25, and Dayton is No. 26. It marks the first time in nearly two years that the Terps are not ranked in the AP poll.
Maryland fell from 21st to 24th in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll.
The Terps take on Georgetown, which didn’t receive a vote in either Top 25 poll after a 40-point victory over South Carolina Upstate on Saturday at the Verizon Center. This is the second straight year the teams will face each other as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games.
“It doesn’t even matter. We know that ranking doesn’t mean anything,” said junior guard Melo Trimble, who had a team-high 22 points in the season opener Friday at Xfinity Center. “We lost to teams last year that weren’t ranked at all. We’re just focused on playing Georgetown Tuesday.”