Maryland men’s and women’s basketball teams see popularity dip


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And their performance evidently affected their popularity, at least according to Harris Interactive. The research firm surveyed 2,379 adults in early march, asking them to name their favorite men’s and women’s college teams. Last year, the Terps men tied with Texas for the country’s fourth-most popular team, while the Maryland women tied with UCLA in the same spot.

And this year? Both programs fell off the top 10 list entirely. The Maryland men don’t appear on the list for the sixth time since 2003. And the Maryland women are missing for the first time since winning the national championship in 2006.

This year’s leading vote getters? Duke and North Carolina on the men’s side, and Connecticut and Tennessee on the women. See the results in PDF form here.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.

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