Maryland’s five-point home loss last week to No. 4 Virginia in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge — the first defeat this season for the Terps — must have resonated with those who vote in the Associated Press Top 25 men’s basketball poll.
Purdue, ranked No. 19 a week ago, dropped out of the Top 25 after losing road games against nationally ranked opponents, at then-No. 15 (and now 11) Florida State and at then-No. 7 (and now 5) Michigan.
Maryland plays at Purdue on Thursday.
Nebraska joined the Top 25 at No. 24 as the seventh Big Ten team.
After playing the Cavaliers in a game the Terps trailed by nine points at halftime and by 17 early in the second half before mounting a comeback, Maryland won’t play another currently ranked Top 25 team until the Big Ten schedule resumes in January.