After week of upsets in college basketball, Terps fall to No. 8

UPDATE (2:30 p.m.): Maryland moved down to eighth overall, Iowa jumped to third, and Michigan State moved down to 12th.



Snow plow operators along the battered East Coast might have the toughest job in the country Monday.

Given the havoc that transpired last week in college basketball, Associated Press Top 25 voters probably didn't have it too easy in the last 24 hours putting together their ballots.


Among the top 10 teams in the country last week, seven lost. Among them was No. 7 Maryland, which lost at No. 11 Michigan State on Saturday after surviving Northwestern at home in overtime Tuesday.

Even the Spartans, ranked 11th last week, lost at home to Nebraska in what was the third straight defeat.

So what does that mean for this week's poll, which will be announced Monday afternoon?

There will be a lot of crazy fluctuations, and the Terps might even stay in the top 10. Maryland dropped just two spots, from fifth to seventh, in the USA Today Sports Coaches poll released Monday. Crazy as it sounds, Maryland could even stay the same – or even move up in the AP poll.

Here's why:

No. 4 Villanova lost at home to No. 16 Providence Sunday in overtime.

No. 5 Xavier lost at home to Georgetown on Tuesday.

No. 6 West Virginia lost at home to Texas Wednesday


No. 8 SMU, which wasn't getting much respect before despite being unbeaten, lost at unranked Temple Sunday.

No. 12 Arizona lost at unranked Cal Saturday.

No. 13 Virginia beat Clemson and Syracuse at home, but that was after a stretch of losing three of four – all on the road against unranked teams.

Baylor, also 13th, lost at home to No. 1 Oklahoma Saturday, 82-72, though the final margin score was deceiving because the Bears scored the last 14 points after the Sooners cleared their bench.

No. 15 Miami probably won't move up that much after beating ACC bottom feeders Boston College and Wake Forest at home.

Wonder how many of those East Coast voters are enjoying shoveling snow right now?