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Terps Owe Their Ranking to Cavs (In Part)

Maryland finally cracked the top 25 in both the AP and coaches' polls yesterday, an outcome I think is entirely deserving given the Terps' 6-2 record and number of quality victories. But one factor that might be helping Maryland in the eyes of voters is the continued roll of Virginia.

If voters are closely scrutinizing the bodies of work of teams at the end of their ballots -- and who knows just how seriously they do -- Maryland's loss at Charlottesville looks a whole lot different now than it did three weeks ago. I doubt anyone can explain the 31-0 margin, but putting that aside, Maryland is 6-2, with one of its losses on the road to the team leading the Coastal Division of the ACC.

But the best poll news of the day for Maryland fans might have been that North Carolina also cracked the top 25. The Tar Heels are off this weekend, and if they can hang onto their ranking by beating Georgia Tech in Chapel Hill on Nov. 8, that bodes well for Maryland -- because we all know what happens when ranked teams take on the Terps.

By Matthew Rennie  |  October 27, 2008; 9:46 AM ET
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MD and UNC both loose to UVA and they are ranked and UVA isn't? MD got housed in Charlottesville...

Posted by: pma24281 | October 27, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

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