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Ken Pomeroy high on Terps, had them at No. 26 before CBE Classic

The Maryland men's basketball team won the College Basketball Experience Hall of Fame Classic on Tuesday in Kansas City with a 72-63 win over No. 13 Iowa State.

Picking the top college basketball teams in the nation each week is an inexact science – sort of like predicting the weather.

Which makes Ken Pomeroy the perfect candidate to be one of the rising gurus in the business of college basketball analytics and rankings.

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A former meteorologist for the National Weather Service, Pomeroy has been using various data to figure out the heirarchy in college hoops for more than a decade.

Maryland fans might be interested that Pomeroy's popular website, kenpom.com, had the Terps ranked right outside the top 25 going into the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City.

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The unranked Terps were at No. 26 in Pomeroy's ratings, one spot behind the Cyclones, who were ranked 13th in the AP and USA Today polls. (After knocking off Iowa State, there's a good chance the Terps return to those Top 25 polls next week.)

Pomeroy said that his ratings, especially early in the season, are based on a team's history and tendencies over a two to five-year period while a player's performance at this stage of the season has more to do what he did last season.

Having ranked Maryland 40th in the country at the end of last season, Pomeroy thought the Terps were a better team than their 17-15 record indicated.

"They lost so many close games, I don't look at it as a character flaw, it might be, or it could bad luck or calls not going your way," Pomeroy said of the Terps, who had each in abundance in their final year in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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Pomeroy said the current ranking is based on the Terps having a proven commodity in senior guard Dez Wells as well as promising talent in their 2014 recruiting class.

"When you look at last season, I was probably not as hard on them as the general public, I viewed them as a team that had a few bad breaks," Pomeroy said. "It also looks at the players coming back and their roles more than minutes.

"You have a guy like Dez Wells, he played a large role last season and he's coming back, and it's easier to build around a guy like that rather than two or three guys who didn't play much of a role."

Based in Salt Lake City, Pomeroy describes himself as a "typical rabid fan" who watches college basketball five nights a week. He got his first look at the Terps this week since Maryland's first three games have been relegated to Internet broadcasts.

"I'm not watching those kind of games. When they play these cupcakes, it doesn't matter if they win by 15 or 50," Pomeroy said before the CBE Classic." If they lose to Iowa State by 15 they can drop 10 or 20 spots, but if they beat Iowa State they can move up nearly as much."

Guess who's moving up?

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