Should Maryland get to No. 1 in the latest Top 25 rankings by either the Associated Press or USA Today Sports released Monday afternoon, it will mark the first time in program history that the Terps occupy the top spot during the season.
Except for the national championship team in 2001-2002, which was No. 1 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches' postseason poll, the highest the Terps have ever reached was No. 2.
Each time, Maryland stumbled.
In 1972-73, the Terps started the season No. 3, went up to No. 2 for a few weeks in late December and early January, before losing to No. 8 North Carolina State. Maryland finished the season No. 8 in the AP media poll and No. 10 in the UPI coaches poll.
In 1973-74, Maryland was No. 4 in the preseason poll and got to No. 2 in late December. After dropping to No. 3 without losing, the Terps fell after losing at No. 4 N.C. State in early January. Maryland finished No. 4 after losing the famous 103-100 overtime game to the Wolfpack in the ACC tournament final.
In 1974-75, the Terps opened at No. 4 and reached No. 2 in late February before losing again to N.C. State, ranked eighth at the time, in the ACC tournament. The Terps finished fifth in both polls after losing to Louisville in the Sweet 16.
In 1975-76, Maryland was No. 3 starting the season, got to No. 2 in early December and remained there until losing back-to-back games to Clemson and at North Carolina in late January. The Terps finished 11th in the AP poll, and 13th in the UPI poll after losing to Virginia in the ACC tournament.
In 2001-2002, the Terps opened at No. 2 and fell after losing at No. 22 Oklahoma in late December, climbed back to No. 2 by late February before losing to N.C. State in the ACC tournament. Since the AP doesn't rank teams after the NCAA tournament, the Terps finished the season No. 4.