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Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, center, talks with Nick Ward, left, and Cassius Winston during a game against Savannah State, Sunday in East Lansing, Mich. Maryland plays No. 1 Michigan State on Thursday.
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, center, talks with Nick Ward, left, and Cassius Winston during a game against Savannah State, Sunday in East Lansing, Mich. Maryland plays No. 1 Michigan State on Thursday. (Al Goldis / AP)

The Maryland men’s basketball team has yet to play a Top 25 team this season. That will change Thursday, when the Terps play No. 1 Michigan State in East Lansing.

The Spartans moved to the top of the Associated Press rankings Monday after Villanova lost at Butler on Saturday. Michigan State (14-1) has won 13 straight since losing to then-No. 1 Duke.

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It will mark the first time the Terps have played the No. 1 team in the country during the regular season since losing to the Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium during the 2012-13 season.

As Big Ten play resumes Tuesday for Maryland with a home game against Penn State, the Terps are 12-3 and 1-1 in their first two league games played in early December.

Later that season, Maryland defeated then-No. 2 Duke at Comcast Center. It remains the highest-ranked team the Terps have beaten under Mark Turgeon.

Maryland also lost to Kansas in the Sweet 16 of the 2015-16 NCAA tournament after the Jayhawks finished the regular season ranked No. 1.

Before going to the Breslin Center on Thursday, Maryland (12-3) will host Penn State (11-3) Tuesday at Xfinity Center as Big Ten play resumes. Both teams are currently 1-1 in the league.

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