Melo Trimble is securing his names in College Park as a legend. Today’s game winning three from way beyond the arc to beat the Wisconsin Badgers at the buzzer was nothing but extraordinary. Coach Turgeon, who didn’t call a timeout because his mentors taught him that, said “Melo was Melo. We all expect him to make it.”
With finals week over and an end to the fall semester, the Maryland Terrapins traveled to Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore to compete for the first time this century. In a game that was meant to help recruiting in the area, the Terps faced off against the spread offense from the Princeton Tigers. After a scare early, Maryland outlasted the Tigers with a strong second half to earn a 82-61 victory. The nullification of the Princeton offense will serve as a good learning tool for the Terps if they see a similar style of play in the NCAA tournament.
Maryland Basketball: No. 2 Terps finally live up to the hype, dominate Rhode Island to win Cancun Challenge
After coming back to defeat the Illinois State Redbirds Tuesday night, the Maryland Terrapins took on Atlantic 10 contenders Rhode Island in the Cancun Challenge Championship game. For the first time this year, Maryland — sporting awesome gold rush-equse uniforms — dominated the opponent and looked like the second best team in the country. The Terps will return to College Park for Thanksgiving with the satisfying feeling of having won their third consecutive holiday tournament after a 86-63 victory.
The highly anticipated Maryland Terrapins basketball season has finally started! The #3 ranked team in the country, their highest ranking since after winning the national championship, took care of business against Northeast Conference favorite Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers. After a sloppy first half, Maryland cruised in the second half to a 80-56 victory against a respectable opponent.
Turnovers continue to be a concern
In the Terps lone exhibition game of the year, Maryland committed 20 turnovers as they looked to try and go for the home run ball too many times. Early on, the Terps were falling into bad habits caused by poor entry passes into the post where Mount St. Mary’s fronted most of Maryland’s bigs. After starting the game with assist-to-turnover ratio of 6 to 8, Mark Turgeon seemed to make a good correction midway through the first half. The Terps would go on to the finish the game with a 9 to 6 ratio, in which two of the turnovers were committed by emergency point guard Varun Ram. Robert Carter led the team with 4 turnovers for the Maryland, again much of them coming off of big to big passes to the post. The three ball handlers of Melo Trimble, Rasheed Sulaimon, and Jaylen Brantley combined for a mere 4 miscues in 69 minutes of play.
Last Thursday, sophomore shooting guard Dion Wiley hurt himself in practice and had to sit out of Friday’s exhibition against Southern New Hampshire University. Turgeon announced that Wiley would be having surgery on his torn meniscus this week. That surgery happened today in Baltimore. WIley will still have three years of eligibility after this season.
The Baltimore Sun’s Don Markus reported that Wiley had his torn meniscus repaired and not removed. Removal would have meant a shorter recovery time of approximately six weeks, but leaves the risk for faster knee degradation because of the possibilities of bones rubbing on each other. Repair is somewhat less common in basketball, but will likely do Wiley better in the long-term.
Maryland guard Dion Wiley will be out for the season after having torn meniscus repaired today.
— Don Markus (@sportsprof56) November 10, 2015
Out of all five positions in the Maryland Terrapins rotation, shooting guard is likely the one that has the most wrinkles to iron out before conference play. The only problem for Maryland is that they have early tests during non-conference play with bouts against Georgetown, UNC, and UConn, which will test them as soon as the season starts. The three players who will likely see the majority of the minutes at the two-guard position include Duke transfer Rasheed Sulaimon, sharpshooting and lengthy Jared Nickens, and highly recruited Dion Wiley. All excel at different things, but it will be Mark Turgeon‘s job to determine who exactly fits best with the starting rotation.
To me, I would start Rasheed Sulaimon alongside Melo Trimble because of his veteran leadership and excellent defense he can bring to the team. A one time five-star recruit and #12 ranked player in his class, Sulaimon decided to become a Terp because he trusted Coach Turgeon from his days at Texas A&M after graduating from Duke over the past summer. Turgeon expressed his affection for Sulaimon as a person and also was glad that he was starting to develop into the leader that they lost last year in Dez Wells.
In what will be a special season for the Maryland Terrapins basketball team, how great they really are will likely start and stop with point guard Melo Trimble who is coming off of a historic and record breaking freshman year. One might think that Trimble will have a difficult time trying to improve on a season where he averaged 16 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists per game, but with more weapons, greater understanding of the game, and a better shaped body that should be no problem at all. He was not picked to be the Big Ten player of the year for nothing.
During the Terps Media Day, Mark Turgeon has mentioned that last year Trimble was asked to take on more of a scoring load while this year he will be needed to be more of a traditional point guard as a distributor. No doubt will Trimble be one of the Terrapins primary scoring option because his 41.2 percent shooting percentage from beyond the arc and knack of getting to the free throw line, nearly seven free throws attempted per game, is unmatched.
It is crazy to think that last year at this time, Mark Turgeon was on the hotseat after losing five important players to transfer including his very first recruit at Maryland, Seth Allen. Turgeon however knew during the Summer of 2014 that he had a “special group” with a combination of veteran leadership from the clutch Dez Wells and a number of talented freshmen headlined by Melo Trimble. This year even with the loss of Wells, the Terps are arguably the most talented team in the country, more than the likes of traditional powerhouses Duke and Kentucky. As a result, it will not be a surprise that a program picked to finish 10th in the Big Ten can make waves on the national level in March. Here are five optimistic but obtainable goals for this year’s Maryland Terrapins basketball squad.
Kevin Huerter (6′ 5”-180) is the 12th ranked shooting guard in the nation and fourth best prospect out of the state of New York. He committed to Maryland today on Labor Day after a campus visit last Friday when the Maryland men’s soccer team upset #1 ranked UCLA.
According to 247sports, Huerter is the 64th best player in the country while ESPN ranks the sharp shooter at 41. The Terps beat out the likes of Michigan, Notre Dame, and Virginia for the rights to Huerter after being heavily recruited by assistant coach Dustin Clark.