College basketball ranking polls were released Monday, and the Maryland Terrapins have yet again drawn the short end of the stick in every single poll. Despite their eight game win streak, the voters in these polls remain unconvinced that Terrapins are worthy of cracking the top 25, much to the chagrin of Maryland fans around. These polls are subjective things and are far from a concrete science, but come on.
Having North Carolina State ranked ahead of Maryland I don’t agree with, but I slightly understand. They have had a tougher early schedule than the Terrapins and even though they lost two games, the talent level on that team is something else. They are expected to be a formidable team in the ACC and will likely turn it on at some point.
The other ACC team that beat out the Terrapins is North Carolina, though, and that’s just completely unfair. North Carolina lost to a Butler team who recently whipped up on Northwestern. If you remember, the Terrapins waxed that same team 77-57 on their court, and while I don’t believe the “we beat (Team A), (Team B) lost to (Team A), therefore we’re better than (Team B)” argument, I’m using it anyway. North Carolina can beat up on Tennessee all they want, but anyone who has seen the Terrapins and them play knows who the better team is.
And not to bash our local frenemy Georgetown, but how the heck do they get ranked ahead of Maryland (USA Today/ESPN poll) after some of the most uninspiring wins at Georgetown in recent memory? A 46-40 victory against Towson, and a 37-36 squeaker against a terrible Tennessee team? I’m failing to see what, exactly, on their win list has shown that they are a better team than the Terrapins can be considered? I think they’re good, sure, but I don’t get how they can be considered a better team than the Terrapins.
(Then again, how little do these polls mean when USA Today/ESPN has Kentucky still ranked ahead of Notre Dame even though they were completely dismantled by them just last week? Makes a lot of sense, right?)
Basically what I’m saying is that there are some definite injustices taking place with the polls. Clearly the Terrapins are doing something that is irking the voters, though what exactly I am unsure of. They blow out just about everyone they play (save for Kentucky), and even when they play terribly like they did against George Mason, they still come out with a win. It is a bogus methodology, and one that definitely disappoints fans. That being said, take these results with a grain of salt. The Terrapins will eventually be ranked once voters watch a little more basketball. The Top 25 is in continuous flux, and so the Terrapins could make it next week. Or when they finally face some ACC competition on January 5th against Virginia Tech.
Until then, continue griping.
Where do you guys think the Terrapins should be ranked?