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Trimble believes he is good enough to play in NBA right now

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Trimble believes he is good enough to play in NBA right now

As part of a larger interview that spanned from his relationship with Steph Curry to the national championship aspirations of this Maryland team to the importance of the guys at the back end of the Terrapins' bench, CSN's Chick Hernandez brought up the topic of the NBA to sophomore guard Melo Trimble. 

"I've covered Maryland basketball since 1987 as a student and then throughout," Hernandez told Trimble, prefacing his question. "They've had some players who were going to go to the next level.

"I don't care to know if you're going to go. I want to know right now do you think you could play in the NBA."

Without hesitation, Trimble responded simply, "Yes."

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Of course, that is to be expected from a player of his caliber. Now in his second collegiate season, he is one of 10 players who have been selected as finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's best point guard. He played with Team USA in the Pan American Games this past summer. He is the best player on of one of the best teams in the nation.

He should have that kind of confidence. 

In the latest edition of DraftExpress.com's 2016 NBA Mock Draft, Trimble is projected to go just outside of the lottery at No. 16 overall. That is up from earlier versions of the mock, which had him in the early 20s before he shifted into gear during the conference portion of the season. 

What he lacks in athleticism, he makes up for with basketball intelligence and shiftiness with the ball in his hands. He has developed a reputation as a knockdown shooter and is one of the most effective pick-and-roll point guards in the college game. 

"It's never enough," head coach Mark Turgeon said earlier this month when asked about NBA criticisms of Trimble in the face of all he does well. "A player could average 30 a game, it's never enough. It's just today's world. Melo gets the ball wherever he wants. I just wish he would get a few more foul calls."

Watch more of Chick Hernandez's interview with Melo Trimble in Wednesday's 10:30 p.m. edition of SportsNet Central on CSN. Also, tune in for Wizards Pregame Live on CSN before Wednesday's game between the Wizards and Warriors to hear more from Trimble on his relationship with Golden State star and NBA MVP Steph Curry.

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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.

BIG PICTURE

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.

UP NEXT

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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Maryland overwhelmed by Penn State in close loss

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Maryland overwhelmed by Penn State in close loss

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Lamar Stevens feels like he's playing his most consistent basketball right now, a bad omen for upcoming opponents considering Penn State expects its hybrid forward to do a little bit of everything.

Just like he did on Wednesday.

Stevens scored 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting with 14 in the second half to lift Penn State over Maryland 74-70.

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"Lamar really stepped up for us," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. "We needed every one of those points that he had tonight."

Tony Carr added 16 points, Josh Reaves scored 14, and Mike Watkins added 11 for the Nittany Lions (17-9, 7-6 Big Ten Conference), who equaled their previous best mark for conference victories under Chambers.

"The best teams always find ways to win," Stevens said. "We locked down when we had to, got huge stops, huge rebounds and I think that's a huge step for this team."

With Maryland (16-10, 5-8) up 20-14 midway through the first half, Stevens nailed his first of two 3-pointers to spark a quick 9-0 run that helped Penn State take control.

He rolled layups off his fingers and sank midrange jumpers on multiple back-to-back possessions in the second half, where he scored 11 of his team's first 20 points.

"He made some incredible, incredible shots," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "He was terrific, he was so efficient."

Stevens added four rebounds, two assists and was 3-for-4 on free throws with all three makes coming in the final 5:48 as Maryland threatened.

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Anthony Cowan Jr. led Maryland with 15 points while Kevin Huerter and Bruno Fernando added 13 apiece.

Darryl Morsell had 10 points for the Terrapins, who cut a 10-point deficit with 8:11 to play to just three with 1:13 left.

"I didn't think we competed in the first half defensively," Turgeon said. "I thought in the second half, we were really trying hard."

BIG PICTURE

Maryland: The Terrapins' disappointing season continues and they have dropped to 7-7 since stalwart forward Justin Jackson's season was ended by a torn shoulder ligament in late December. Although they shot better than their season average, the Terrapins were badly outplayed in the paint, getting outscored 32-22 and outrebounded 27-23.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions are playing an exciting brand of basketball as of late. They have a combined 22 dunks over their last three home games and opponents are finding it hard to play fast against a team that thrives on speed.