ESPN color analyst Dan Dakich was on the call for Maryland's stunning 63-60 victory over Wisconsin in Madison on Saturday afternoon. And the thing that he kept repeating during the game's broadcast ended up being given some serious validity in the game's final seconds.
Throughout the game, Dakich continually called Terrapins sophomore Melo Trimble the "best point guard in the country” as he paced Maryland in the first half, brought them back in the second, and finally sealed it with his shot with 1.2 seconds to play.
So let's really take a look at this. Is Trimble the nation's best point guard? In my mind, it comes down to three players at the college level who can be considered the nation's best -- Providence's Kris Dunn, North Carolina's Marcus Paige, and Trimble.
There is no debating that Dunn is the best NBA prospect of the three. With a 6-4 frame, an improved shooting touch, and splits of 17.7 points, 7.3 assists, and 6.3 rebounds per game, he'll be a Top 10 pick in 2016.
Maryland saw first-hand what Marcus Paige can do, coming off a hand injury and putting up 20 points in that instant classic between the Tar Heels and Terrapins in Chapel Hill back in December.
But let's make the case for Trimble.
He is approaching 50/40/90 shooting splits at 48 percent from the floor, 39 percent from three, and 87 percent from the line. He has nearly doubled his assists average from last season while seeing a slight dip in turnovers per game.
As was mentioned on the ESPN broadcast, Trimble came into Saturday averaging 1.24 points per possession out of pick-and-roll sets -- the quintessential point guard vehicle offensively -- which is best in the country. That is why head coach Mark Turgeon so vehemently defends Trimble when confronted with the idea that the sophomore is actually a shooting guard being forced to play point guard.
I asked noted Kris Dunn hype train conductor Rob Dauster of NBCSports.com who he would take if he had one game to win:
@DMartinCSN Dunn. Melo is probably No. 2 for me.
— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) January 9, 2016
It's a tough call. All things considered, it might be a dead heat.