I think it’s fair to say the Maryland men’s and women’s basketball teams both had down seasons. The men failed to play in a postseason tournament. The women were knocked off by cross-town rival Georgetown in the second round of the NCAA tournament . The programs combined to win one NCAA tournament game for the second straight year, after averaging a combined 3.1 a year over the previous decade.
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.