The Washington Times - December 16, 2008, 09:14AM

I held off on mention of this last week because it seemed just a little odd. Maryland had seven points in the AP poll, all coming from one voter.

This week, the Terrapins have 10 points, yet again all from the same voter – the Roanoke Times’ Mark Berman, who has Maryland at No. 16 on his ballot.


(You might recall I had Maryland at No. 39 this week during my rundown of the top 45 teams).

Anyway, a quick look at Berman’s ballot reveals he loves him some ACC teams – six in all in his top 25, including Maryland and Florida State. But there’s also a results-oriented theme, with hyped teams such as Purdue, UCLA and Louisville all absent.

And make no question, Maryland does have a solid resume, with two victories over Big Ten teams and a pair of losses no one will think twice about as the season progresses.

In short, that kind of provides a little logic to the idea of ranking the Terps. Maybe not enough to change my opinion, but then again that’s what league play is for in another month or so.

Patrick Stevens