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Melo Trimble hits last-second, game-winning 3 to lift Terps over Badgers


Melo Trimble hits last-second, game-winning 3 to lift Terps over Badgers

Melo Trimble is darn good at basketball.

Maryland's sophomore star answered a game-tying 3-pointer by Wisconsin's Bronson Koenig with a game-winning 3-pointer with one second left on the clock to give the Terps a 63-60 win over the Badgers on Saturday afternoon in Madison.

Trimble's final three points were the game's biggest, part of a terrific 21-point performance by the Big Ten's preseason player of the year.

Check out the game-winner:

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The Terps shot lights-out in the first half, 59.3 percent thanks to a bunch of high-percentage shots. But despite that, they led by just four at halftime. Maryland didn't make any 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes, only attempting two. Wisconsin got a combined 22 points from Nigel Hayes and Ethan Happ in the first half.

Happ was the story early in the second half, as the Badgers clamped down on defense to tighten the game. It took the Terps more than six minutes to hit their first shot of the second half, all the while Happ scoring eight points in the half's first eight minutes. But while Happ looked strong and the Wisconsin defense was even better, the Badgers couldn't capitalize too much, missing shot after shot.

After a Koenig 3-pointer put Wisconsin in front, 47-46, Trimble took over. He hit a 3, scored a fastbreak layup off a Robert Carter steal, converted a sensational driving layup and hit another 3 to go on a personal 10-1 run to give Maryland its biggest lead of the game at 56-48. The Badgers' cold shooting didn't help, and they made just one basket over a nearly nine-minute stretch starting at the midway point of the second half.

With a minute and a half to play, the Terps still led by eight. But Zak Showalter got a layup and a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to just three. After Rasheed Sulaimon missed a free throw, Koenig hit his game-tying triple with 23 second to go. But Trimble followed with his cold-blooded game-winner to give the Terps the road win.

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Maryland shot 52.1 percent from the field on the game, Wisconsin shooting just 38.7 percent. Neither team was very good from 3-point range, the Terps going 4-for-11 and the Badgers going 7-for-21. The Badgers struggled from the free-throw line, too, going just 5-for-11.

Trimble finished with a game-high 21 points and added five assists. Carter had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Diamond Stone scored 11 points in his return to his home state.

Hayes scored 17 points for the Badgers. Happ finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double. Koenig ended with 13 points.

Maryland extended its perfect start to conference play with the win, moving to 4-0 in the Big Ten and 14-1 on the season. A visit to Michigan comes Tuesday.

Wisconsin dropped to 1-3 in league play with the loss, 9-8 on the season. Next up is a Tuesday trip to Northwestern.

Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal


Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal

Former University of Illinois tennis star Kevin Anderson completed a marathon upset against an all-time great on the highest stage of professional tennis.

Anderson came back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer in Wimbledon’s quarterfinals 2-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 13-11 on Wednesday morning. He will play in the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in his career.

As a native of South Africa, Anderson played three seasons with the Fighting Illini and won the NCAA doubles championship during the 2005-06 season as a sophomore. The 32-year-old was a three-time All-American in singles at Illinois.

Now, as the eighth ranked singles player on the ATP World Tour, Anderson is a force to be reckoned with at the professional level. He made it all the way to the US Open final in 2017.

The former Illini star will look to keep his recent success going when he represents Illinois in the semifinals of Wimbledon this Friday.

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Weeks will separate a perfect 10-year anniversary where Northwestern will play at Wrigley Field for one of its regular season games in the upcoming years.

Back on Nov. 20, 2010, the Wildcats battled it out with Illinois, known as the “Wrigleyville Classic,” which saw the Illini take a 48-27 win.

Even though it’s still two years out, Northwestern still planned ahead and announced its opponent for its game at Wrigley Field on Nov. 7, 2020, against Big Ten rival Wisconsin.

“Obviously an exciting opportunity for our football program to come back to Wrigley Field, one of the Cathedrals of sporting venues in the world,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “When I announced it to our team, they were absolutely ecstatic.”

“The opportunity to play at Wrigley field is unique to us, being Chicago’s Big Ten team, and to have the chance to come down and play in an atmosphere like we did a few years back was a bowl game type atmosphere, and I look forward to this special opportunity.”

This game though will be a little different than it was back in 2010. Both the Wildcats and Illini played toward the west end zone due to a tight squeeze near the right field wall due to box seats that were added down the third base line.

Now, Northwestern and Wisconsin do not have to worry about that problem because the bullpens have since moved to the outfield.

Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney spoke at a news conference earlier on Tuesday at Wrigley.

“So excited to welcome back Northwestern to Wrigley Field to talk about football again,” Kenney said. “We had an incredible experience with them back in 2010."

Kenney also mentioned new seating is on a temporary platform that can all be removed and the dugout tops can be removed as well, and the field will expand west, to allow for a longer field.

With a sellout crowd in the last go around for the Wildcats, don’t be surprised for another sellout at the Friendly Confines.