Louisville (7-0) takes over the top spot in the poll, followed by Kansas (6-1). After losing to Stephen F. Austin, Duke fell from No. 1 to No. 10, and Michigan State's loss to Virginia Tech dropped the Spartans from No. 3 to No. 11. Three Big Ten teams rank in the top six, with Michigan coming in at No. 4 and Ohio State at No. 6.
The Terps won the Orlando Invitation to improve to 8-0 for the first time in 13 seasons. Maryland overcame poor starts to hold off Temple and Harvard Nov. 28 and 29, then dominated Marquette in the title game Dec. 1.
Senior point guard Anthony Cowan Jr. earned tournament MVP honors after scoring 72 points in Maryland's three games.
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