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Just looked at the latest RPI from the NCAA, and it doesn't bode well for Maryland.

Most of you figured the Terps would keep climbing in that confounding stat chart known as the RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) because they kept playing ACC teams, including North Carolina and Duke in the past two games.

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You figured wrong.

While Maryland moved to No. 80 after beating the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill a week ago Saturday, the Terps slipped to 82 after losing to the Blue Devils in College Park Sunday night. Does that mean more slippage is in store, regardless of the outcome, after playing Virginia tomorrow night at Comcast Center and Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Saturday?

Not to add to Gary Williams' already formidable us-against-the-world complex, but Clemson jumped from 33 to 27 despite losing Sunday at Miami, and the Hurricanes jumped 11 spots to 32. Are they that much better than Maryland, or Boston College for that matter?

The Eagles fell 22 spots to 84. Given that most consider BC the third-best team in the ACC behind Duke and North Carolina, it means that no team aside from the top two is a lock for the NCAA tournament. That's good news for Maryland, which needs to hold serve at home and win a couple on the road to sneak into the field of 65.

But if you can't move up after playing Duke, it doesn't look too good.

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