The Terrapins were 22nd in the Associated Press media poll and came in at 23rd in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' rankings. That is some 20 to 22 spots lower than where the the University of North Carolina Tar Heels spent the entirety of last season before ultimately winning the ACC Tournament and the 2009 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball National Championship for the fourth time.
It was the first time Maryland has been ranked since Nov. 23, when the Terps were 21st in AP and 22nd in the coaches' poll.
Maryland has clinched at least second place in the ACC regular-season standings after its 104-100 victory at Virginia Tech in double overtime on Saturday. Greivis Vasquez had a career-high 41 points against the Hokies.
The Terrapins will face Duke on Wednesday night at Comcast Center at 9 p.m. in a game nationally televised on ESPN. The Blue Devils, 25-4 overall and 12-2 in the ACC, were ranked fourth in both polls this week.
(Editor’s note: We apologize for the crude graphics but even though Terps v. Hokies was seen as the most important and exciting game of the season by some, no major media outlets have published any photos. Only HokieSports.com has any and they, believe it or not, will not allow T.A.H. to publish their pics! Also please be advised, that today's issue also has a running "inside joke" which is not intended to offend or anger anyone or group, but solely to make the "inside group" laugh.)