Terps slip to No. 21 in AP poll

February 01, 1994|By Don Markus

COLLEGE PARK -- After beating Clemson by 20 points at home, but losing to now top-ranked Duke by 13 in Durham, N.C., the University of Maryland basketball team dropped from 18th to 21st in this week's Associated Press Top 25 poll.

It marks the third straight week the Terrapins have been ranked in the poll after more than an eight-year absence. Maryland (12-4, 5-2) plays at Virginia (11-5, 5-2) tomorrow night on ESPN.

Maryland coach Gary Williams wasn't surprised that his Terrapins dropped.

"That's OK," said Williams. "I guess we don't have the luxury of some teams that could lose every game for a month and still not move down in the rankings."

Maryland is the only Atlantic Coast Conference team aside from Duke (15-1), which moved up to No. 1 after UCLA lost at Cal Sunday, and second-ranked North Carolina (17-3) in the Top 25

The Blue Devils and Tar Heels meet Thursday night in Chapel Hill, N.C. It marks the first time in their rivalry that the teams will be ranked first and second when they meet.

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