After a difficult week in which it narrowly beat Northwestern in overtime and lost at Michigan State, Maryland dropped one spot to No. 8 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll released Monday.

The poll’s voters didn’t punish Maryland significantly for Saturday night’s 74-65 loss to the Spartans, who had entered the game on a three-game losing streak. Michigan State also fell one spot to No. 12 Monday, while Maryland’s next opponent, Iowa, jumped six spots to No. 3.

The Hawkeyes (16-3, 8-0), who visit College Park on Thursday night, check in behind top ranked Oklahoma and second-ranked North Carolina this week, while Kansas and Texas A&M round out the top-five. Iowa, which has won nine straight and has swept Michigan State this season, also completed a sweep of Purdue with a 83-71 win over the Boilermakers on Thursday.

The Big Ten has five teams ranked this week. Indiana sits at No. 19, while Purdue climbed one spot to No. 21.

This is the lowest AP ranking of the season for Maryland, which has been as high as No. 2, and the first time it has dropped in the poll in consecutive weeks. The Terrapins also dropped two spots to No. 7 in the latest USA Today Coaches poll released on Monday.

Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon and his players largely downplayed the prospect of falling in the rankings after Saturday night’s loss to Michigan State.

“It doesn’t matter,” Maryland forward Robert Carter Jr. said. “Just because you’re ranked in the top 10 doesn’t mean you’re going to win the conference. Our goal is to win this conference, and win a national championship.”

Note: Sophomore Melo Trimble and freshman Diamond Stone were named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Midseason watch lists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy and the Wayman Tisdale Award, respectively, on Monday. Trimble, who leads Maryland in scoring (14.4 ppg), assists (5.6), steals (25) and free throw percentage (.870), is one of 20 players up for the Oscar Robertson Award, which goes to the national player of the year. Stone, who is averaging a team-high 16.1 points per game in Big Ten play, is one of ten players up for the Tisdale Award, which is given to the national freshman of the year.

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