August 18, 2019

Maryland Basketball: Terps beat Badgers as Melo Trimble wins it at the buzzer from deep

MELO TRIMBLE WINS IT AT THE BUZZER FOR BEST START IN SCHOOL HISTORY, 15-1

When the second best center and seventh ranked recruit, according to ESPN, spurned his home state of Wisconsin to attend the University of Maryland last Spring, Diamond Stone received constant harassment. Nine months later, although coming off the bench, Stone clearly made the correct decision. Maryland, 14-1 (3-0), is the third-ranked team in the nation, while Wisconsin is no longer under the tenure of Bo Ryan and are trying to stay relevant at 9-7.

Stone had a modest 11 points off the bench, but it was his favorite point guard that ended up taking over the show. Trimble had a stretch of ten straight points before providing the dagger 3-pointer just before the buzzer to give Maryland a 63-60 road victory.

Melo Trimble orchestrates offense to perfection during middle of first half

The thing that has made Melo Trimble a great point guard this year is that he is combining his scoring ability that he had on display last year with the vision that can make him a great assist maker. During a five-minute stretch during the first half, Maryland made all seven of their field goal attempts, which included a couple of strong drives from Trimble where he finished at the rim, as well as a great dime to Damonte Dodd. Maryland went on a 15-7 run during that stretch after trading shots with Wisconsin earlier in the game.

Nigel Hayes and Ethan Happ were a problem for the Terps front court

Robert Carter Jr., Damonte Dodd, Diamond Stone, and Michal Cekovsky all had their chances against Hayes and/or Happ, but none of them had consistent success against them. The only remaining player of the big three from the national championship runner up team last year, losing Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker, Hayes has developed into a prototypical stretch four. Hayes hit two 3-pointers on Dodd when matched up on the perimeter but repeatedly finished at the rim against Carter. Happ had a stretch with three consecutive buckets against Maryland’s bigs. Between the two of them they had 22 points on just 14 field goal attempts, which is why Terps only led 36-32 at halftime.

Terps come out sluggish in the second half, giving Badgers life

After shooting 16 of 27 (59.3 percent) in first half, Maryland started the second 0 of 5 from the field with three turnovers. This allowed the Badgers to take a 40-39 lead. Then after a 7-2 run from Maryland they reverted back to turnover filled basketball, three more, and a couple of bad shot attempts. Wisconsin held a 47-46 lead and forced Mark Turgeon to call a timeout with ten minutes left in the game.

(Photo by: Testudo Times)

(Photo by: Testudo Times)

Melo Trimble might just be the best point guard in the game

A lot has been made of Providence’s Kris Dunn and even Kentucky’s Jamal Murray as the highest rated point guards in next summer’s NBA Draft. I personally think Melo Trimble is as good if not better than anyone else in the college game currently. Trimble knows exactly what Turgeon needs him to do as he has developed into an extension of the coaching staff. Coming out of the aforementioned timeout Trimble took over the game with ten points in just over a two minute span that sparked a 10-1 Maryland run.

Badgers came roaring back but Melo Trimble is still having none of it

Wisconsin was on a scoreless drought for over four minutes before turning it on. Showalter and Koenig hit back to back 3-pointers on a 8-0 Badgers run to tie the game at 60 with 22 seconds remaining. The key pieces were Robert Carter Jr. and Rasheed Sulaimon BOTH missing front ends of one-and-one free throws. Turgeon opted not to call timeout at the end of the game to set it up and Melo Trimble rewarded him for it. Although Turgeon wanted Trimble making his move with nine seconds to go, the Big Ten preseason player of the year calmly dribbled the ball up with five and splashed a deep three from the top of the key to punish Bronson Koenig for giving him too much space.

Maryland will get ready to travel to Michigan for a Tuesday night ESPN matchup (9 p.m.) with the Wolverines who might be without NBA prospect Caris LeVert (lower left leg).

About Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Wizards, and Maryland Terrapins. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland. Neil has loved everything related to the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Terrapins since he was eight years old. However, he favors the Orioles, as he started watching baseball before the Expos moved to DC. You can follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.

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