Maryland Men’s Basketball Is Back In The Top 25. What The Hell’s Going On With The Terps?

Sports and Bets — December 1, 2014 at 7:47 pm by

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The Maryland Men’s Basketball program has finally made its way back into the ranking of Top 25 teams in the nation, coming in at #21 in the AP Poll, and #22 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. What a sigh of relief. The Terps haven’t been ranked in five years, and I’ve got to be honest, it feels really good.

The ranking comes on the heels of Maryland getting four wins this past week, over Arizona State, Iowa State, Monmouth, and UVI. The first two wins are huge tournament resume builders, especially beating previously 13th-ranked Iowa State on a neutral court.

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For the first time in a long time, there’s something special going on down there at the University of Maryland. Everyone thought both the football team and the men’s basketball team would get absolutely torched in the Big Ten. Despite a disappointing loss to Rutgers this weekend, the Terps football team did in fact have a great season, while finishing 7-5, and 4-4 in conference.

What is happening with the basketball team though may be even more unlikely, considering the mass exodus that took place after last season, losing the likes of Faust, Peters, Mitchell, Cleare, and Allen. The Terps came ready to play this year, and Melo Trimble has already started living up to the McDonald’s All-American hype that he came in with. As long as MD can survive the next month without Dez Wells, they should be just fine going forward.

I’m actually truly shocked at how both of these teams have played this year. Sure it’s early in the basketball season, but I’ve been very impressed with how they’ve played so far. In the past five years (maybe even in the past decade), games like the ones played early last week against AZ State and Iowa State are games that you’d have so much hope for going in to, only to have the Terps let you down. This year, they’ve proven they’re ready to beat top notch schools, and they’re ready to get back to the big dance, and hopefully make a run. This basketball season looks like it’ll be a fun one to watch.

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