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Maryland upends Michigan State on last-second Trimble 3

Maryland upends Michigan State on last-second Trimble 3

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – All things being equal – and the teams in this game certainly were – the difference was Melo Trimble, the most talented player on the floor.

Trimble drilled a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left, and Maryland clinched a second-place tie in the Big Ten and a double-bye in the conference tournament by outlasting Michigan State 63-60 on Saturday.

After the Spartans committed a turnover under their own basket with 6 seconds to go, Terrapins freshman Justin Jackson received the inbounds pass from Trimble and immediately tossed it back to the team's leader, who dribbled up the left side of the court.

Trimble stopped short well beyond the arc, took aim and hit nothing but net.

"In money time, their junior, their superstar, not only did he score baskets but he made plays," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said.

Now in his third season at Maryland, Trimble chose to return for his junior year instead of applying for the NBA draft. His decision is one that Izzo laments and respects, all at the same time.

"Hat's off to him for sticking around and making sure that he got better each year," Izzo said. "I guess I'm happy for him. A lot of people look at what he's doing, and he's done it the right way. I told him I was proud of him."

Back when Trimble was a freshman, Izzo called him the "straw that stirs the drink" for Maryland.

The coach's updated assessment: "He stirred the drink. Now he's stirred it, made it and drank it."

After Trimble's 25-footer went through the hoop, Michigan State took a timeout. Miles Bridges then took a long shot just past midcourt that bounced off the rim.

Trimble scored 16 on 6-of-15 shooting and Jackson added 15 points for Maryland (24-7, 12-6), which will enter the Big Ten Tournament as the third seed.

On Maryland's final offensive play, Trimble considered driving to the basket with hopes of drawing a foul. Then he thought better of it

"I wasn't getting calls all game so I just let it go," Trimble said. "I think of myself as a great shooter. Obviously, I couldn't make every shot but I felt in a rhythm and I made it."

After breaking a three-game losing streak Tuesday at Rutgers, the Terrapins won a second straight game for the first time since Feb. 15. They will take that momentum into the conference tournament following a six-day break.

A celebration that began on the court continued in the locker room following an emotional victory.

"I couldn't be more proud of this group. We danced. We had fun," coach Mark Turgeon said. "I told Melo to drive it. He shot the 3. He made it. Really happy for him. And now we got our swagger back, feeling good about ourselves heading into the postseason."

Michigan State (18-13, 10-8) would have earned a double-bye with a victory. Instead, the Spartans will start play as a fifth seed -- or worse.

Nick Ward had 22 points and 16 rebounds for Michigan State (18-13, 10-8). But his turnover in the final seconds served as a prelude to Trimble's game-winning shot.

Izzo had nothing for praise for Ward and Bridges, who combined to score 40 of the Spartans' 60 points.

"Give Nick and Miles credit. They did what they needed to do," the coach said.

The back-and-forth game featured 18 lead changes and 10 ties.

Maryland led 55-51 before Ward scored the Spartans' next nine points to tie the game at 60. The 6-foot-8 forward started his personal run with two free throws, and after Jackson hit a 3-pointer to make it 58-53, Ward scored in the lane and added a three-point play.

Neither team scored from the time Ward made a layup with 3:11 remaining to Trimble's pivotal shot.

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Georgetown snaps 4-game road losing streak, tops Butler

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Georgetown snaps 4-game road losing streak, tops Butler

INDIANAPOLIS -- Marcus Derrickson tied a career-high with 27 points, on 11-of-13 shooting, for his eighth 20-plus point game this season and Georgetown beat Butler 87-83 on Tuesday night.

After Georgetown missed two free throws, Kamar Baldwin made a scoop shot in the lane and Sean McDermott stole the inbounds pass, leading to another Baldwin basket to pull Butler to 84-81 with 1:29 to go.

Butler had a chance to tie it in the closing seconds, but Baldwin's long 3-pointer was short and Jahvon Blair sealed it at the line at 4.5.

Jessie Govan had his 12th double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds for Georgetown (15-10, 5-9 Big East). Trey Dickerson, a senior averaging 3.5 points per game, set a career-high in the first half with 12 points and finished with 18.

Kelan Martin had 22 points and eight rebounds to reach 20 points for the 17th time this season for Butler (17-10, 7-7). Tyler Wideman added 19 points and Baldwin had 16 points, six rebounds and seven assists.

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Virginia jumps to top of new AP poll for first time since 1982

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Virginia jumps to top of new AP poll for first time since 1982

A loss didn't prevent Virginia from climbing to No. 1 in AP men's basketball poll for the first time in more than 35 years after all.

The Cavaliers rose a slot to sit atop Monday's AP Top 25 despite an overtime home loss Saturday to Virginia Tech, part of an upset-filled week that allowed for plenty of uncertainty in the poll. The Cavaliers (23-2, 12-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) earned 30 of 65 first-place votes to outdistance No. 2 Michigan State and rise above the turmoil that included last week's top three teams all losing.

Tony Bennett's Cavaliers had been at No. 2 before this season, but this is the first time the program has reached No. 1 since December 1982 — the senior season of 7-foot-4 great Ralph Sampson — back when the poll ranked only 20 teams. And that team fell out of that spot after its improbable upset loss to Chaminade in Hawaii, regarded by many as the biggest upset in the history of college sports.

Virginia looked set to reach the No. 1 spot after Villanova's home loss to St. John's before losing to the Hokies. Still, the Cavaliers ended up there a day after the NCAA selection committee had them as the No. 1 overall seed in its reveal of the top 16 seeds to date.

The Cavaliers — whose 12 previous weeks at No. 1 all came during the Sampson era — play with the top ranking for the first time since the Chaminade loss on Tuesday at Miami.

"I do not get too carried away with where we are," Bennett said after the loss to the Hokies. "I always say 'thus far,' and now we have to prove it again. ... Now we are going to get a chance to do it again and we are going to have to fight like crazy every game. Everybody is capable of beating everybody in this league and that is reality. If you are little off it is not enough."

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TOP-5 CHANGES

Michigan State (24-3, 12-2 Big Ten) climbed two spots after a weekend win against Purdue in a top-5 matchup. The Spartans, who reached No. 1 for a week in January, earned 21 first-place votes.

Next came Villanova (23-2, 10-2 Big East), who fell to third after a five-week stay at No. 1 and earned nine first-place votes. Xavier (23-3, 11-2 Big East) inched up a spot to fourth and earned five first-place votes, followed by Cincinnati (23-2, 12-0 American Athletic Conference) at No. 5.

This is Xavier's highest ranking in its history, while Cincinnati is in the top 5 for the first time since spending a good chunk of the 2001-02 season there.

PURDUE'S SLIDE

Purdue (23-4, 12-2 Big East) fell from third to sixth after losing to Ohio State and Michigan State last week. Those losses snapped the nation's longest winning streak at 19 games, marking Purdue's first losses since falling to Tennessee and Western Kentucky on consecutive November days in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas.

Texas Tech was next at No. 7, followed by Ohio State, Gonzaga and Auburn to round out the top 10.

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TOP RISERS

Rivalry wins against Duke and North Carolina State helped North Carolina climb seven spots to No. 14 for the week's biggest jump. It continued the Tar Heels' wild swings in poll positioning, including a nine-slot drop last month and two other slides of eight slots.

Ohio State rose six spots to No. 8 after the Purdue win, while No. 11 Clemson was up five spots.

LONGEST SLIDES

Oklahoma and freshman star Trae Young had the biggest fall of the week, down six spots to No. 23. The Sooners have lost three straight and six of eight after Saturday's loss at Iowa State .

St. Mary's (15th) and Arizona (17th) both fell four spots.

NEWCOMERS

The newcomers aren't entirely new this week. Both No. 21 Texas A&M and No. 25 Arizona State have been ranked multiple weeks this season and appeared in the top 10, with the Sun Devils reaching No. 3 on Christmas Day.

SLIDING OUT

Kentucky fell out of the rankings for the second time this season -- It hadn't happened since March 2014 before this year -- from No. 24 after three straight losses. Miami fell out from No. 25 after losing at Boston College.

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