It was another close game and another close victory for Maryland on Saturday afternoon in Madison, a 63-60 win over Wisconsin thanks to a last-second, pull-up three from sophomore guard Melo Trimble that sealed it.
That added to what has been the most illuminating stat about this Maryland program over the last two seasons under head coach Mark Turgeon, courtesy of @BTNStatsGuy:
— BTNStatsGuys (@BTNStatsGuys) January 10, 2016
This has been a point of conversation before for Maryland, when a KenPom metric that attempts to numerically quantify luck ranked the Terrapins as the No. 2 "luckiest" team in the country on the premise that very close games ultimately come down to factors not always within the control of a team.
The Terrapins do not rank nearly as highly by that metric's measure in 2016, but they continue to win close games -- especially close games that they have had to come from behind in to win.
What could be the reason? I think it starts with guard Melo Trimble, the player most often with the ball in his hands in crucial late-game situations, including on Saturday.
With his combination of calmness, foul-shooting, and willingness to take shots in important spots, Maryland is naturally at an advantage.
He did it again on Saturday.