- The Washington Times - Monday, February 24, 2020

The Maryland Terrapins’ nine-game winning streak ended Sunday — and their rise in the polls along with it.

Maryland fell two spots to No. 9 in Monday’s new Associated Press men’s basketball poll, the same ranking the program held two weeks ago.

The Terrapins still remained in the top 10 after beating Northwestern 76-67 at home and falling to then-No. 25 Ohio State 79-72 on the road. The Terrapins, a top 25 team for the length of the season, had risen from No. 17 to No. 7 over the previous five weeks.

Florida State and Kentucky were the teams to leapfrog Maryland. 

Maryland still holds a two-game lead in the Big Ten, considered by most to be the best conference in the country and the conference likely to send the most teams to the NCAA Tournament. Michigan and Michigan State re-entered the top 25 on Monday at No. 19 and No. 24, respectively, bringing the Big Ten’s total to six ranked teams.

After paying a visit to Minnesota on Wednesday, the Terrapins will host Michigan State Saturday at 8 p.m. ESPN’s weekly “College GameDay” pre-game show will travel to College Park for the first time in 15 years before ESPN televises the game at night.

Kansas became the new No. 1 team after beating former No. 1 Baylor on Saturday. Baylor is No. 2, and mid-majors Gonzaga, Dayton and San Diego State round out the top five.

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