Maryland basketball team at No. 31 in points in AP preseason poll

Despite a better performance in the NCAA tournament last season than in recent years, the Big Ten did not get a ton of respect from voters in the Associated Press Top 25 preseason poll released Monday.

Surprisingly, Maryland might have received a little more from voters outside the league than it did from those who cover the Big Ten. Three Big Ten teams were selected, with the Terps at No. 31 among points received.

Michigan State ranked higher than any Big Ten team at No. 10, but the Spartans will start the 2017-18 season eight spots below where they began last season.

That is largely because the Spartans lost first-team all-league forward Miles Bridges as well as reigning rookie and defensive player of the year Jaren Jackson Jr.

Michigan was ranked No. 19 and Purdue was ranked No. 24.

The Wolverines, who won their second straight Big Ten tournament before making a run to the NCAA tournament championship game, lost center Mo Wagner and guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rakhman.

The Boilermakers, who went to the Sweet 16 for a second straight season, lost four starters but return junior guard Carsen Edwards, who was recently chosen as the Big Ten’s preseason player of the year.

Among other Big Ten teams receiving votes, Indiana finished at No. 28 with 98 points. Nebraska was right ahead of Maryland at No. 30 with 35 points and Wisconsin at No. 32 with 24 points. The Terps had 28 points.

Maryland will get to play Virginia, which enters the season as the No. 5 team in the nation, on Nov. 28 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Xfinity Center.

The Terps will also face 2018 Final Four Cinderella Loyola of Chicago, which came in at No. 26 with 162 votes, on Dec. 8 at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore.

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