The last time Maryland had to play Wisconsin, it took the clutch shooting of Melo Trimble to give the Terps a dramatic win on the road. Mark Turgeon and company were hoping for a less dramatic, close game and that is exactly what he got. The only problem was that it was the Terrapins who ended up losing by double-digits after getting dominated for much of the game. Points off turnovers, 16, helped Wisconsin in the first half, but it was second chance points, 20, that allowed the Badgers to put the home team away in the second. At the end of it all Maryland’s school record 27-game winning streak was snapped with a 70-57 loss to Wisconsin.
Game of runs gives Maryland the short end of the stick
Visiting Wisconsin quickly came out with a 7-2 run to open the game, but the veteran leadership of Rasheed Sulaimon guided them through the bumpy start. Maryland quickly responded with a 12-0 run of their own, but the entire complexity of the game changed after that. For more than an eight minute stretch, the Terps went silent on offense and scoreless from the field. Eight turnovers during that stretch did not help the cause and allowed Wisconsin to rattle off a 17-0 run that was then extended to 28-5. Things were looking bleak for the home team down 36-21 at halftime.
Things got chippy and violent near the end of halftime
Mark Turgeon and the Xfinity faithful were extremely disappointed in the lack of foul calls for contact in the paint. Tempers boiled over with five seconds remaining in the first half. Trimble drove strong to the basket and absorbed a lot of contact without a whistle. Diamond Stone fell to the ground trying to grab an offensive rebound with Vitto Brown. While trying to get up and getting nudged from behind by River Hill graduate Charlie Thomas, Stone pushed Brown’s head into the ground. A skirmish pursued between Stone and Thomas who each given technical fouls although Diamond was lucky to remain in the game.
Terps give fans something to cheer about to start the second half
Melo Trimble was finally getting the foul calls he earned in the first half. Robert Carter Jr. hit Ethan Happ with his fourth personal foul of the game with a thunderous dunk and Rasheed Sulaimon was feeling it with his fourth triple of the game. Even reserve guard Jaylen Brantley, who earned the trust of the coaching staff against Bowie State, helped Maryland in their comeback efforts with two layups. With 10:45 left in the game, the Terps had cut the deficit to six points with a Stone dunk.
Rebounding continues to be Maryland’s kryptonite
The game was over with just under five minutes to play when the Terps gave up two offensive rebounds in the same possession to the Badgers. The latter allowed Zak Showalter a clean three point attempt that put Wisconsin up 11. Wisconsin, not the smaller team, had 13 offensive rebounds that they efficiently cashed into 20 second chance points. Whether it was long rebounds or not boxing out, Maryland put themselves in bad defensive position because of their continued issues on the glass.
Melo Trimble with worst game of his otherwise bright career
The Upper Marlboro native has had poor shooting games in the past, but tonight’s bout with the Badgers was by far his worst. A career worst 13 missed fields had him shoot a miserable 7.1 percent (1 of 14) from the field. Some would argue that the likely first round pick should have been given free throws for a number of his drives to the rim and they would have a point. Unfortunately erratic officiating is something that good teams have to play through and Maryland was unable to tonight.
Maryland will go on the road to Minnesota for a Thursday night, 8 pm, showdown with the woeful Golden Gophers who are winless in conference play.