St. John's, which ended Georgetown's 29-game winning streak last weekend, overtook the Hoyas for the No. 1 spot in both wire services' college basketball rankings. The Hoyas, 16-1 after Saturday's 66-65 loss to St. John's, were No. 2 in both polls.
Maryland was ranked 17th in the polls of both the Associated Press, chosen by sports media, and United Press International, chosen by a panel of coaches. The Terrapins (16-5) were ranked 19th four weeks ago before falling from the top 20.
It is the first time since December 1951 that the Redmen, who were ranked third last week, have held the top spot in a weekly poll, according to the school's sports information office. They held the Associated Press No. 1 position for only one week then before losing to Kentucky by 41 points. St. John's lost to Kansas in the national championship game that season.
St. John's (15-1) received 52 of 63 first-place votes in the AP poll. Georgetown received 10 first-place votes and Memphis State one. In the UPI poll, St. John's got 31 first-place votes, Georgetown eight; Memphis State and Illinois each got one.
Georgetown had held the top spot from the preseason voting through nine regular-season polls.
"I still feel Georgetown is the best in the country," said St. John's Coach Lou Carnesecca. "It's nice for people talking about it but we haven't played all the teams."
Both polls also had Memphis State third and Southern Methodist fourth. After Georgetown was beaten, SMU was in position to move up from its No. 2 spot, but it was upset that night by Texas Tech, 66-65.