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The Maryland men’s basketball team will take on its most challenging week of the season to this point with a top-five ranking attached to its name.

The Terps were ranked fifth in the latest Associated Press poll, released Monday, sneaking past former ACC rival North Carolina to move up a spot in the rankings. The top four of Duke, Louisville, Michigan State and Kansas remained unchanged.

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Maryland leaves College Park for the first time this week, participating in the Orlando Invitational with a game each Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The Terps open the tournament against Temple at 11 a.m. Thursday before facing either Texas A&M or Harvard. Maryland’s possible opponents Sunday are Southern Cal, Davidson, Fairfield and Marquette. Maryland beat Fairfield, 74-55, on Nov. 19.

The No. 5 Terps appeared as high as fourth on three of the 65 ballots, with a low vote of 12.

Orlando Invitational

No. 5 Maryland vs. Temple

Thursday, 11 a.m.

TV: ESPN2

Radio: 105.7 FM, 980 AM

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