College basketball rankings: Resurgent Maryland off to 5-0 start under Kevin Willard, joins Top 25 And 1

GettyImages

Maryland wasn’t supposed to be too good this season under first-year coach Kevin Willard — evidence being that the Terrapins were projected to finish 10th in the Big Ten and ranked 56th at KenPom.com two weeks ago.

Expectations were humble.

But we’re now 14 days into the 2022-23 college basketball season and Maryland is arguably the sport’s biggest pleasant surprise. The Terps are 5-0 with five double-digit victories. They beat Saint Louis 95-67 on Saturday. They beat Miami 88-70 on Sunday. They’ve jumped 34 spots at KenPom.com in a span of just five games and are now 25th in the updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings.

The statistical star so far is Donta Scott. The 6-foot-8 senior is averaging a career-high 16.8 points and a career-high 6.8 rebounds in 28.2 minutes per game. He’s shooting a career-high 52.5% from the field, a career-high 47.4% from beyond the arc and a career-high 84.6% from the free-throw line after averaging 24.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in the wins over Saint Louis and Miami that lifted Maryland to the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Tip-off Tournament championship.

“I think we still have a long way to go,” Willard said while discussing the Terrapins’ 5-0 start. “I mean, we’re good. We have great players. But… they’re still trying to learn this system and still trying to get comfortable.”

Next up for Maryland is Friday’s game with Coppin State. Then comes a trip to Louisville on Nov. 29 that’ll be followed by the Big Ten opener against Illinois on Dec. 2.

Top 25 And 1 rankings

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.