EVANSTON, Ill. â?? The only time Maryland guard Melo Trimble didn’t have an answer on Wednesday night came after he poured in a career-high 32 points in a 74-64 win over Northwestern, when a reporter asked him why he had historically played so well against the Wildcats. Trimble paused and shook his head. He had turned in three dazzling performances against this program over the course of his career, averaging 23 points in three victories, but those performances didn’t provide a retrospective before Wednesday night. This masterpiece stood alone.
So it wasn’t surprising that, before No. 23 Maryland (22-4, 10-3 Big Ten) visits Madison, Wis., for a showdown against No. 11 Wisconsin (21-5, 10-3) on Sunday, Trimble shrugged off any thought of what happened there a year ago. He nailed a game-winning 25-foot three-pointer to beat the Badgers on their home court. As Maryland prepares for its return on Sunday, in what promises to be its biggest game of the season so far, Trimble will do what he did on Wednesday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena: He will focus on this game alone.
After Wisconsin’s upset loss to Michigan on Thursday night, Maryland is tied with the Badgers and Purdue (21-5, 10-3) for first place in the Big Ten standings. The Boilermakers, which have beaten both Wisconsin and Maryland this season, will host Michigan State on Saturday.
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