After Maryland (8-0) defeated Marquette (5-2) in the Orlando Invitational championship, the Terrapins have moved up to No. 3 in the AP Top 25 poll.
It was not easy for the Terrapins to get in this position. After slow starts in almost all their games, they found a way to win it in the very end. Against Temple and Harvard, they were trailing going into the half for the first two times this season. They overcame their shooting struggles with the strong performances by senior Anthony Cowan and junior Darryl Morsell offensively.
They also played very stout defense thanks to forward Jalen "Stix" Smith and Aaron Wiggins, who are both projected to be NBA lottery draft picks in 2020. Eric Ayala provided major contribution from the bench, averaging 10.9 points per game.
The Terrapins did a good job limiting the top scorer in college basketball, Markus Howard, to only six points in a blowout victory against the Marquette Golden Eagles.
In the latest AP poll, the Terrapins are trailing only the No. 1 Louisville and No. 2 Kansas. Duke drops to the No. 10 spot after being ranked the best team in college basketball for a month. Michigan State drops eight spots to No. 11.
With more wins, the Terrapins will continue to climb up in the rankings. Their eight wins to begin the 2019 league year is one of the best starts in Maryland men's basketball history.
Next up, Mark Turgeon and the Maryland Terrapins hope to keep their undefeated streak going as they host the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Xfinity Center this Wednesday at 7:30pm EST.