- The Washington Times - Monday, February 17, 2020

Coming off arguably its best win of the year, the Maryland men’s basketball team again was rewarded by Associated Press voters.

The Terrapins moved up two spots to No. 7 in the country two days after pulling out a 67-60 road victory over Michigan State. Maryland also beat Nebraska at home last week, a narrow 72-70 decision.

For much of the season, Maryland couldn’t win away from College Park, starting 0-4 in true road games. Since their last road loss to Wisconsin, the Terrapins have rattled off eight straight wins, including road wins over Northwestern, Indiana, then-No. 20 Illinois and the Spartans (the preseason No. 1 team).

No. 7 is the highest Maryland has been ranked since mid-December, also matching the program’s preseason ranking.

The Terrapins (21-4, 11-3 Big Ten) host Northwestern (6-18, 1-13 Big Ten) on Tuesday in a battle of first versus last in the conference. Then they will visit Ohio State on Sunday.

The top four of Baylor, Gonzaga, Kansas and San Diego State stayed unchanged. Dayton moved up a spot to No. 5, making it three mid-major schools in the top five.

Maryland’s closest competition, Penn State, moved up four spots to No. 9, the first time the Nittany Lions have been ranked in the top 10 in a men’s basketball poll since 1996 and the third time ever.

Elsewhere locally, Virginia made strides toward returning to the Top 25. The Cavaliers, fourth in the ACC with a 9-4 conference record, earned 32 votes a week after receiving just two. But the defending champions remained unranked.

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