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Maryland could get bounced from Top 10 for first time this season

The Maryland men's basketball team bounces back after two straight losses with an 86-82 win over the Michigan Wolverines at College Park. (Baltimore Sun)

How far will No. 6 Maryland drop in the rankings when the Associated Press Top 25 is released Monday?

Probably not as far as you think – or the Terps possibly deserve after losing Thursday at Minnesota.

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Maryland is now 23-5 after Sunday's 86-82 win over Michigan at Xfinity Center, and their record alone could prevent some voters in the AP poll from dropping the Terps too far.

What also helps – again – is that many teams ranked last week among the top 15 in the country also lost.

While none of those losses look as bad as one to a 6-19 team that hadn't won yet in the Big Ten, consider this:

No. 3 Iowa lost at Penn State, which now is 128th in RPI according to KenPom.com. (Minnesota, in comparison, is now 177th.)

No. 10 West Virginia lost at Texas and at home to Oklahoma. Both are quality defeats to ranked teams, but they are defeats nonetheless.

No. 11 Miami, which went into Saturday's game at No. 5 North Carolina unbeaten in the ACC, got blown out in Chapel Hill by 25 points.

No. 13 Iowa State lost in overtime at Baylor and No. 14 Kentucky lost in overtime at Texas A&M.

No. 15 Dayton, which many thought should have been a lot lower in the rankings last week, lost at St. Joseph's and at home to St. Bonaventure.

In all, 18 in the AP Top 25 lost at least one game.

Also, the loss to Minnesota hasn't damaged Maryland's NCAA resume that much.

ESPN.com's Joe Lunardi dropped the Terps from a No. 2 seed to a No. 3 seed in his latest bracket while Jerry Palm of CBS Sports kept Maryland as a  No. 3 seed in his bracket Monday.

Getting bounced from the Top 10 for the first time all season probably wouldn't be a bad thing for Maryland, a team that doesn't always (or even often) play with a chip on its shoulder.

Mark Turgeon, who doesn't appear to pay close attention to the rankings, might use it as some incentive at practice this week going into Saturday's game at Purdue.

Do the Terps deserve to get dropped out of the Top 10?

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Probably.

Will they?

Hard to say.

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