For the first time in over four years, the University of Maryland men’s basketball team has fought its way back into the AP top 25.
The last time Maryland was ranked was in week 18 of the 2009-2010 season, when they topped at the number 19 spot and eventually suffered a heartbreaking loss at the hands of Korie Lucious and Michigan State.
The Terps are ranked at No. 17 in the AP top 25 poll and at No. 18 in the USA today coach’s poll. They broke into the top 25 at No. 21 after beating No. 13 Iowa St. in a pre-season tournament.
Maryland has been led by upperclassmen Dez Wells and Jake Layman, as well as by freshman Melo Trimble. Wells, the Terps leading scorer, is in the midst of his senior season, after transferring from Xavier University. Trimble, a Bishop O’Connell alumni, led the team in assists.
Currently, the Terps have only gone up and they have continued their winning ways by rolling over many non-conference teams. Maryland only hit one speed bump, which was a lost to No. 7 Virginia.
The road ahead will prove to be tough for Maryland as the Big Ten has three teams ranked in the AP Top 25: No. 5 Wisconsin, No. 12 Ohio State and No. 25 Michigan State. However, if the Terps play the way they against Iowa St., they will prove to be a good matchup against all three of these high-powered teams.