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Maryland moves up to No. 22 in AP men's basketball poll

The Maryland men's basketball team, which moved back into the national rankings last week for the first time since early in the season, moved up from No. 25 to No. 22 in this week's Associated Press poll released Monday.

Maryland (17-2, 5-1) hosts Rutgers (12-8, 1-6) Tuesday at Xfinity Center.

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The Terps had just one Big Ten Conference game last week, but it was a road win, an 84-76 victory at Iowa.

Only two other Big Ten teams are ranked: Wisconsin, which moved back into a first-place tie with the Terps in the league with an overtime win at Minnesota Saturday, is ranked No. 15. Purdue is ranked 20th.

Maryland plays Purdue on Feb. 4. If the Boilermakers remain in the top 25 until then, it will mark the first ranked team the Terps have played this season.

Villanova and Kansas remain the top two teams in the poll with Gonzaga moving up to third.

The Wildcats (19-1) beat Seton Hall and Providence last week and received 35 first-place votes. This is the seventh week on top this season for Villanova.

Kansas (18-1) was No. 1 on 28 ballots. Last week, the Jayhawks had 32 first-place votes, compared with 28 for Villanova.

Gonzaga (19-0), the last unbeaten team in Division I, got the other two first-place votes and moved up one spot to third, the Zag's highest ranking of the season.

Kentucky, Baylor, Florida State, Arizona, UCLA, North Carolina and Oregon rounded out the Top Ten.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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