Maryland Terrapins drop to No. 7 in the latest AP Top 25 Poll

Andy Kwong

The rankings in college basketball has been in a flux over the past few weeks. Duke lost to Stephen F. Austin, Evansville defeated Kentucky, Louisville got beat by Texas Tech, and Maryland suffered their first loss of the season to now-No. 23 Penn State. 

With all the surprising victories and defeats, it should come as no surprise that the Terps dropped three spots to No. 7 in AP's most-recent Top 25 poll.

Mark Turgeon's team has been plagued with slow starts throughout the season. Maryland's 3-point conversions have been inconsistent, along with the team's struggles at the free throw line at 71.5 percent. It was only a matter of time before they lost, considering their level of success was unsustainable especially in the tough Big Ten conference. 

Maryland will have a chance to move up in the rankings as they face Seton Hall this Thursday. This team was previously ranked at No. 22 before falling out of the rankings due to two consecutive losses against Iowa State and Rutgers. 

The Terrapins have one of the deepest rosters in all of college basketball but many of their young players are stagnant in the first half of games. They will need their star playmakers in Anthony Cowan Jr, Jalen "Stix" Smith, and Darryl Morsell to play at a high consistent level to get back on track.

Kansas has moved to No. 1 as Gonzaga also propelled themselves in the rankings to No. 2. With the constant upsets throughout the season thus far, do not be surprised to see a new team sitting on top of the AP poll next Monday.

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