The Washington Times - December 8, 2008, 09:23AM

Just filed my AP basketball ballot, and it probably would have been smart to stay at 25 teams rather than go 45 deep for this exercise.

It’s just tough to get a gauge on anyone at this point.

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Take a team that owns a neutral-floor victory over a top-30 team and a home-court win over a top-45 team. Then toss in two losses (top-five and top-20 opponents) by substantial sums, and four other wins sprinkled in.

At this point, that’s a decent resume. It doesn’t suggest this is a top-20 team. It doesn’t preclude it from being a top-40 team.

So, ladies and gentlemen, that’s how Maryland receives a look this week.

Here’s the top 45 through Sunday’s games:

1. North Carolina (8-0)
2. Connecticut (8-0)
3. Pittsburgh (9-0)
4. Gonzaga (6-0)
5. Oklahoma (8-0)
6. Texas (6-1)
7. Tennessee (6-1)
8. Syracuse (8-0)
9. Duke (8-1)
10. Villanova (8-0)
11. Xavier (7-0)
12. Wake Forest (8-0)
13. Ohio State (5-0)
14. Notre Dame (6-2)
15. Georgetown (5-1)
16. Purdue (6-2)
17. Memphis (5-1)
18. Baylor (7-1)
19. Arizona State (7-1)
20. Louisville (4-1)
21. UCLA (5-2)
22. Michigan State (5-2)
23. Davidson (6-1)
24. Clemson (9-0)
25. Dayton (8-0)

26. Marquette (7-1)
27. Miami (5-2)
28. Kansas (7-1)
29. Brigham Young (8-0)
30. Wisconsin (6-2)
31. Florida (6-2)
32. Saint Mary’s (6-1)
33. Missouri (7-1)
34. Illinois State (8-0)
35. Louisiana State (6-0)
36. Stanford (4-0)
37. West Virginia (6-1)
38. Minnesota (8-0)
39. Butler (7-0)
40. San Diego State (7-1)
41. Illinois (7-1)
42. Maryland (6-2)
43. Michigan (6-2)
44. Seton Hall (6-1)
45. Washington State (6-2)

Patrick Stevens