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5 things to know: Trimble finds footing in 2nd half of USA Pan Am win


5 things to know: Trimble finds footing in 2nd half of USA Pan Am win

What’s that old commercial? Is it the shoes? Maybe it was for Maryland guard Melo Trimble in Tuesday night’s game between the United States and Venezuela as part of the Pan Am Games in Toronto.

Trimble, wearing Team USA Nikes instead of the Under Armours we’ve grown accustomed to seeing him wear with the Terrapins, looked unable to find a level of comfort in the first half of the United State’s 85-62 win in Canada.

OK. Shoes probably weren’t at the center of it. But there are some valuable takeaways.

Trimble did not start, with coach Mark Few giving that spot to former NBA guard Bobby Brown, instead coming off the bench to unofficially tally five points on 2-of-5 shooting with two assists and four turnovers.

For all of his struggles in the first half, the second half featured a more poised and comfortable Trimble to do his part in helping Team USA to a win.

Here are five things you need to know.

1) The entire U.S. team looked out of sync in the first half

Give credit to Venezuela. As they emphasized ball movement on one end of the floor, they zoned the United States and Team USA fell back into a lot of one-on-one sets without much ball movement.

The Americans had only one assist in the first half, which happened to be a Trimble dish to former NBA first-round pick Anthony Randolph, who then hit a three fading off a pick-and-roll.

2) The international game is much more physical than college

ESPN color commentator made a witty off-hand comment during the first half, saying that contact on a particular Team USA entry into the post would have gotten that player some jail time in New York City.


These are grown men, many of whom are professionals, and the physicality comes with that. At times, that bothered Trimble, especially because of this:

3) Venezuela brought the pressure

Combine that physicality with a Venezuelan game plan that brought the pressure, especially against the Team USA guards, and it was clear that it would be difficult for Trimble to get comfortable.

The Maryland sophomore turned the ball over three times in the first half, once giving in to full-court pressure, once on a five-second inbounds call, and another time amidst more Venezuelan ball pressure when he tried to go behind his back and lost control.

4) Team USA storms back in second half

After trailing 41-33 at halftime, the United States stormed back to take a 48-46 lead by the point of under three minutes to go in the third quarter.

Most of that was done with Brown running the point and Wichita State’s Ron Baker at the shooting guard spot with Trimble remaining on the bench.

5) Melo holds the fort

Team USA has only two point guards on its roster, Trimble and Brown. After the United States retook the lead in the second half, Brown needed a breather and Trimble provided that by taking over the offense and keeping the lead intact.

He looked more comfortable and poised in that second half, despite registering his fourth turnover. Included in the half was a slashing layup by Trimble that showed off his body control around the rim and a dish to NBA veteran Damien Wilkins for a made corner three.

Both of which were very solid.

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Maryland reacts to latest FBI investigation reports

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Maryland reacts to latest FBI investigation reports

The world of college basketball has been on high alert since last fall when reports first surfaced of a longterm FBI investigation into the worst-kept secret in sports: college athletes being paid to play.

News surrounding the scandal died down after the inital wave of arrests, but Yahoo! Sports released a warning of sorts recently and followed it up on Friday by naming players (both past and present) for the first time. There were dozens of programs and players implicated, including Maryland's Diamond Stone.

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon released the following statement Friday afternoon.

"Late last night we were alerted of a report associating one of our former student-athletes with an agent. We are extremely disappointed, and we will fully cooperate with any investigation. I do not have a relationship with Andy Miller or anyone from his agency, and at no time have I ever had a conversation with Andy Miller or his agency regarding any Maryland basketball player. We remain steadfast in upholding a program of integrity that reflects the values of our University community."

Stone played for the Terps during the 2015-16 season, after which he left for the NBA. That Terps team was highly-ranked entering the season but ended up losing in the Sweet 16 to top-seeded Kansas.


Andy Miller is the agent whose financial records were used to implicate so many players in the Yahoo! Sports report. It's no surprise that Turgeon would deny having a relationship with Miller regarding any of his players, but the question remains: What does this mean for Maryland basketball?

You can be sure that Turgeon will be meeting with both past and current assistant coaches Friday to confirm they have not had any involvement with Andy Miller. He'll also certainly be meeting with higher-ups at Maryland, as they try to cover their bases. 

That said, it seems unlikely Maryland would take an action as drastic as firing Turgeon over these allegations. There has been no evidence released so far that implies Turgeon had any knowledge of Stone's actions. Barring further information coming to light, it seems as though this is a case of Stone developing a relationship with Miller's agency separately from Maryland.

Some of the more vocal members of Maryland's fan base would like to think Turgeon is on the hot seat. The truth is, given his long-term contract and the current state of Maryland's finances, it's not currently feasible to fire him and expect to afford a more accomplished coach. Though if further reports indicate Turgeon was complicit, then all bets are off.

It remains possible the NCAA will impose punishments on the schools involved with this scandal, in the form of reduced scholarships, postseason bans, or worse. But that's likely off the table until further evidence comes out regarding how much schools and coaches actually knew. It is a near-certainty that some schools were in cahoots with Miller and other agents; the problem is identifying which schools were intentionally breaking the rules, and which were simply unaware. Ultimately, however, some degree of responsibility falls on the head coach.

For now, the biggest worry on the minds of Maryland fans should be vacated wins. If Diamond Stone was ineligible, then it's possible the victories Maryland recorded during the 2015-16 season will be erased from the record books. Unfortunately, this could include their run to the Sweet 16, which was the program's first in more than a decade.

Given the expectations surrounding the team during Stone's year in College Park, his tenure could already be considered a disappointment. Losing those wins would further dampen the memories fans have from that season.

On the bright side, at least the Terps didn't have a Final Four run to lose.

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

LINCOLN, Neb. -- James Palmer Jr. scored 24 of his 26 points in the second half, Isaiah Roby had all 11 of his after half, and Nebraska held off Maryland 70-66 on Tuesday night.

Palmer and Roby combined for 35 of the Cornhuskers' 40 second-half points, and they secured their first 20-win season since 2008. They won a sixth straight conference game for the first time in 20 years.

Palmer scored 15 straight points for the Huskers (20-8, 11-4 Big Ten) over a 10-minute span that ended when Roby hit one of two free throws with 2:57 left for a 64-59 lead. Roby had a double-double, with 10 rebounds, and he also blocked three shots.

The Terps (17-11, 6-9) had a chance to take the lead with a minute to play, but Glynn Watson Jr. blocked Anthony Cowan Jr.'s 3-point try, Evan Taylor came up with the loose ball and got it to Watson.

Watson missed a 3-pointer coming out of a timeout, and Roby got the rebound and was immediately fouled. He made both free throws for a 66-63 lead. Kevin Huerter's layin cut it to one point before Watson made two free throws.

Huerter went to the line with 2.8 seconds left, and after making the first free throw he intentionally missed the second. Palmer got the rebound, was fouled and put the game away with two free throws.

Bruno Fernando led the Terps with 21 points and nine rebounds. Huerter added 12 points and Darryl Morsell had 11.


Maryland: The Terps' fading NCAA Tournament hopes might have been dashed with their seventh straight road loss.

Nebraska: The Huskers are resting firmly on the NCAA bubble and absolutely needed this win. They got it, thanks to Palmer and Roby's efforts in the second half.


Maryland hosts Rutgers on Saturday. It's the teams' only meeting this season.

Nebraska visits Illinois. The Huskers beat the Illini 64-63 in Lincoln on Jan. 15.

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