In what may come as a bit of surprise to some folks, the Maryland Terrapins men’s basketball team received zero collective votes when the USA Today/Coaches poll was released on Thursday. Despite winning 25 games last year and making it relatively deep in the NIT Tournament, Maryland will be fighting an uphill battle to getting ranked as they did not pick up a single bidder.
For some, this is a bit of a snub job. It’s doubly so when you take into account that Georgia, a team that finished with 15 wins last season, still managed to pick up a vote. Villanova did, Missouri did, La Salle did. But not the Terps. From within the Maryland bubble, that seems a little skewed. Two Duke upsets and a ton of returning players usually means a better team and higher expectations from other coaches.
But when you think about it, there’s some sense to be made. Maryland lost Alex Len to the NBA and their (sometimes) starting point guard Pe’Shon Howard to another college. Anytime you have that type of talent drain, from an outsiders perspective, there has to be an assumption that there will be a drop off from the previous season. UNLV, a team that brought in a monstrous 2013 class to replace the departure of Anthony Bennett and also went to the NCAA tournament, received one measly vote. Do they think that’s fair? Probably not, but it’s hard not to see the merit.
Maryland has question marks at the point guard and center positions, defensively, and in the turnover department. Until they can prove to voters otherwise, expect the snubs to continue. Of course, blowing out UConn at the Barclay’s might catch some folks attention in short order.