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Terps basketball team moves up to No. 2 in coaches' and media polls

Despite a pair of come-from-behind victories at home against unranked competition last week, the Maryland men's basketball went up a spot in both the AP media poll and the USA Today Sports coaches' poll released Monday.

The Terps, who needed to come back from a 14-point deficit Friday early in the second half against Rider after erasing a seven-point deficit to Georgetown on Tuesday, are ranked behind only Kentucky.

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The Wildcats moved into the No. 1 spot after North Carolina, still playing without senior point guard Marcus Paige, lost Saturday at Northern Iowa.

The last time the Terps were ranked so high was during the 2001-02 season, when they went from No. 3 to No. 2 after being No. 1 Duke at Cole Field House in mid-February. They fell to No. 4 after losing to N.C. State in Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. Maryland went on to win the national championship.

What was surprising was that Maryland received six first-place votes in the AP poll and three in the USA Today Sports poll. What might have helped the Terps was a strong showing by Georgetown in the 2K Classic. The Hoyas upset previously ranked Wisconsin before taking then No. 5 Duke down to the wire at Madison Square Garden.

Maryland (3-0) is in Mexico this week at the Cancun Classic, where the Terps face Illinois State Tuesday and either Rhode Island or TCU Wednesday.

don.markus@baltsun.com
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