- The Washington Times - Monday, February 18, 2019

The Virginia Cavaliers rose back into the top three in the nation in this week’s Associated Press men’s college basketball poll, and the Maryland Terrapins hung onto their ranking after a 1-1 week.

Virginia moved up from No. 4 to No. 3 thanks to Tennessee falling from the top ranking to fifth. The Cavaliers beat North Carolina, the former eighth-ranked squad, 69-61 on the road before outlasting Notre Dame 60-54.

Virginia is now 22-2 and undefeated against all teams not named Duke. The Blue Devils returned to the No. 1 ranking this week.

Meanwhile, in College Park, the Terrapins stayed pat at No. 24 after holding the same ranking last week.

Maryland (19-7) beat No. 12 Purdue last week 70-56 thanks to a very strong second half, but then the Terrapins went on the road and lost to No. 6 Michigan 65-52.

The ranked opponents don’t stop anytime soon for either of these teams. Virginia visits No. 20 Virginia Tech Monday night. Maryland’s next game is Tuesday at No. 21 Iowa.

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