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Weekly Polls: Maryland Rejoins the Top Five

There still are just three Big Ten teams in the AP and Coaches polls.

Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Like last week, there still are only three Big Ten teams in the AP and Coaches polls: Michigan State at #1/1, Maryland at #4/4, and Purdue at #14/13. The most notable move is that the Terrapins jumped back into the top five in both polls after their 82-61 win against Princeton thanks to Iowa State, Duke, Kentucky, and Purdue all losing. Speaking of the Boilermakers, their drop may have been a bit harsh. They have played like a top-10 team all season and a six-point neutral-site loss to a great Butler team shouldn't change that. For example, they should be ahead of Duke and Kentucky.

Some other Big Ten teams did receive votes. Iowa (5) and Northwestern (2) were the recipients in the AP poll, while Indiana (3) and the Hawkeyes (2) earned votes from the coaches. Michigan didn't receive a single vote for the fourth straight week. No surprise.

Here are the full AP and Coaches polls for December 21, 2015:

AP Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Michigan State Spartans (64) 12-0 1,623
2 Kansas Jayhawks (1) 9-1 1,537
3 Oklahoma Sooners 8-0 1,495
4 Maryland Terrapins 10-1 1,428
5 Virginia Cavaliers 9-1 1,350
6 Xavier Musketeers 11-0 1,287
7 North Carolina Tar Heels 9-2 1,215
8 Arizona Wildcats 11-1 1,056
9 Butler Bulldogs 9-1 947
10 Providence Friars 11-1 911
11 Iowa State Cyclones 9-1 907
12 Kentucky Wildcats 9-2 856
13 Miami-Florida Hurricanes 9-1 851
14 Purdue Boilermakers 11-1 833
15 Duke Blue Devils 9-2 809
16 Louisville Cardinals 9-1 652
17 Villanova Wildcats 8-2 649
18 SMU Mustangs 9-0 628
19 West Virginia Mountaineers 9-1 470
20 George Washington Colonials 10-1 366
21 Texas A&M Aggies 9-2 327
22 Cincinnati Bearcats 10-2 315
23 Baylor Bears 8-2 141
24 Utah Utes 9-2 107
25 South Carolina Gamecocks 10-0 87
Others receiving votes: UCLA 49, Connecticut 46, Oregon 34, Gonzaga 33, Colorado 27, Dayton 17, Pittsburgh 16, Northern Iowa 15, Arkansas-Little Rock 14, Vanderbilt 8, Monmouth 6, Iowa 5, Texas 3, Florida 3, Northwestern 2

USA Today Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1st PREV
1 Michigan St 12-0 773 29 1
2 Oklahoma 8-0 718 2 3
3 Kansas 9-1 716 0 5
4 Maryland 10-1 687 0 7
5 Virginia 9-1 646 0 9
6 Xavier 11-0 603 0 10
7 North Carolina 9-2 520 0 11
8 Arizona 11-1 517 0 12
9 Iowa St. 9-1 506 0 2
10 Duke 9-2 455 0 6
11 Kentucky 9-2 441 0 4
12 Butler 9-1 410 0 18
13 Purdue 11-1 378 0 8
14 Providence 11-1 376 0 14
15 Louisville 9-1 371 0 16
16 Miami-Florida 9-1 323 0 19
17 Villanova 8-2 310 0 13
18 West Virginia 9-1 301 0 16
19 Texas A&M 9-2 169 0 24
20 George Washington 10-1 159 0 22
21 Cincinnati 10-2 153 0 20
22 Baylor 8-2 122 0 14
23 South Carolina 10-0 77 0 25
24 Gonzaga 8-3 59 0 21
25 Vanderbilt 7-3 45 0 23
Others Receiving Votes: Connecticut 38; Utah 35; Pittsburgh 34; Colorado 31; UCLA 22; Oregon 18; Notre Dame 15; Dayton 10; California 8; Arkansas-Little Rock 8; Northern Iowa 5; Texas 5; Florida 4; Indiana 3; Iowa 2; Monmouth 2.