The Maryland men’s basketball team remains No. 17 in the Associated Press poll released Jan. 20 after a 1-1 week that was capped with a home win against Purdue.
Baylor (15-1) moves into the top spot, followed by Gonzaga (20-1), Kansas (14-3) and San Diego State (19-0). Michigan State (No. 11) is the top Big Ten team in the poll, while Iowa (No. 19), Illinois (No. 21) and Rutgers (No. 24) also made the cut. It’s the first time in 41 years Rutgers has cracked the top 25.
Maryland began the week with a heartbreaking loss at Wisconsin Jan. 14. The Terps had a 54-53 lead with 13.6 seconds left, but a botched inbounds pass gave the Badgers the ball with a chance to take the lead. They did just that thanks to a corner three by junior guard Brad Davison. Wisconsin survived the final seconds, and Maryland fell to 3-3 in the Big Ten.
Maryland, however, bounced back with a 57-50 win against Purdue Jan. 18. The Terps got out to a 20-4 lead and entered halftime ahead, 36-20. Despite some tense moments in the second half, Maryland was able to hold on for the victory. Sophomore center Jalen Smith was the Terps’ best player on both ends of the court, finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Next, Maryland travels to Northwestern in search of its first true road win of the season Jan. 21. The Wildcats feature graduate transfer Pat Spencer, who is averaging 10.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. Spencer spent the previous four years at Loyola, where he put together one of the best local lacrosse careers ever and won the Tewaaraton Award in 2019.
The Terps will finish the week with a date at Indiana Jan. 26. The two teams met Jan. 4, with Maryland coming out on top, 75-59.
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