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Maryland men's basketball team drops in polls

After losing at North Carolina in last week's ACC-Big Ten Challenge, Maryland dropped from second to sixth in the Associated Press media poll and to ninth in the USA Today Sports coaches' poll. Both polls were released Monday.

Michigan State (9-0) moved from third to first in both polls after No. 1 Kentucky and the Terps lost. The Wildcats lost at UCLA on Thursday. Kentucky dropped to fifth in the AP poll and to fourth in the USA Today Sports poll.

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North Carolina, which started the season No. 1 in both polls (tied with Kentucky in the AP poll and one spot ahead in the USA Today Sports poll), moved up from No. 9 to No. 3 in both polls after its 89-81 win over Maryland in Chapel Hill.

Interestingly, the Terps still received one first-place vote in the coaches' poll.

Maryland is not the only team with a sizable disparity between the rankings. Kansas, which lost earlier in the season to Michigan State, is No. 2 in the AP poll but No. 7 in the USA Today poll.

The Terps play Connecticut at New York's Madison Square Garden on Tuesday in the Jimmy V Classic. The Huskies finished just outside the top 25 in both polls. Two other ranked teams will play in the event, with No. 10 Virginia taking on No. 14 West Virginia in the opening game.

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