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2017 Big Ten Tournament: Bracket, seeds, location, how to watch

2017 Big Ten Tournament: Bracket, seeds, location, how to watch

The 2017 Big Ten Tournament invades Washington, D.C. as one of the nation's premier college basketball conferences determine which team will earn the automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA Tournament and which teams will leave their postseason fate in the hands of the NCAA Tournament Committee.

For the first time since the conference began hosting the tournament at a neutral location in 1998, the Big Ten will crown a tournament champion on the east coast.

The five-day event begins on Wednesday, March 8 at Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C., with the tournament culminating with the championship game on Sunday afternoon, just before the committee finalizes the bracket for the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

The bottom four teams in the conference will get things started on Wednesday, with the two winners going on to join the next six teams. The top four seeds earned byes until the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals, which take place on Friday, March 10.

The Purdue Boilermakers finished the regular season with a 14-4 Big Ten record, which secured them the regular season championship and the No. 1 seed in the tournament, the program's first since 2010.

The Wisconsin Badgers and Maryland Terrapins finished the season tied at 12-6, and due to Wisconsin's 71-60 win over Maryland in February, the Badgers hold the tiebreaker and will be the No. 2 seed for the Big Ten Tournament while the local Terrapins will be the No. 4 seed.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers earned the No. 4 seed thanks to a 11-7 regular-season record.

2017 Big Ten Tournament How To Watch

When: March 8 — March 12

Where: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.

How To Watch: The Big Ten Tournament will air on The Big Ten Network and the ESPN family of networks, with the semifinals and finals airing on CBS.

Online Stream: You can watch the Big Ten Tournament on the Big Ten 2 Go app or the WatchESPN app.

2017 Big Ten Tournament Bracket

Wednesday, March 8 (First round)
No. 13  Penn State 76, No. 12 Nebraska 67
No. 14 Rutgers 66, No. 11 Ohio State 57

Thursday, March 9 (Second round)
Game 3: No. 8 Michigan vs. No. 9 Illinois — 12:00 p.m. (BTN)
Game 4: No. 5 Michigan State vs. No.12 Penn State — 3:00 p.m. (BTN)
Game 5: No. 7 Iowa vs. No. 10 Indiana — 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Game 6: No. 6 Northwestern vs. No. 14 Rutgers— 9:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

Friday, March 10 (Quarterfinals)
Game 7: No. 1 Purdue vs. No. 8 Michigan— 12:00 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 8: No. 4 Minnesota vs. No. 5v12 winner— 3:00 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 9: No. 2 Wisconsin vs. No.7v10 winner — 6:30 p.m. (BTN)
Game 10: No. 3 Maryland vs. No. 6v14 winner — 9:00 p.m. (BTN)

Saturday, March 11 (Semifinals)
Game 11: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner — 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
Game 12: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner — 3:30 p.m. (CBS)

Sunday, March 12 (Championship game)
Game 13: Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner — 3:00 p.m. (CBS)

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Former Terps star Melo Trimble wishes he left Maryland after his freshman year

Former Terps star Melo Trimble wishes he left Maryland after his freshman year

Melo Trimble arrived in College Park at a time when Maryland desperately needed him.

As a freshman, Trimble, along with then-senior Dez Wells, brought respect back to the Terps program, leading them to one of the best regular seasons in school history. Trimble led the Terps in scoring (16.2 ppg) and assists (3.9 apg), earning himself a spot on the All-Big-Ten first team.

The point guard had a decision to make after his stellar freshman season: to enter the NBA Draft or return to Maryland for his sophomore season. Trimble, who was projected to be a first-round pick had he departed in 2015, chose the latter, hoping to raise his stock by returning to a loaded Terps team for another year.

Five years later, the point guard admitted that he wished he had left for the NBA Draft after one season with Maryland.

"Unfortunately, freshman year I could’ve left and been in the NBA and probably still be there now," Trimble said on Anthony Cowan’s One Stop podcast. "I decided to stay in college [until] my junior year and looking back on it, of course, I wish I would have left, but it is what it is. That’s life."

As a sophomore, Trimble saw his per-game averages take a slight dip. However, to the point guard's defense, Trimble returned to a Maryland team that was, on paper, one of the most talented in program history.

The Terps entered the 2015-16 season ranked No. 7 in the country and had a lineup that featured Trimble, five-star freshman center Diamond Stone, former Duke star Rasheed Sulaimon, and current Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jake Layman. All that goes without mentioning Robert Carter, a power forward transfer from Georgia Tech, who was the team's second-leading scorer. Maryland reached the Sweet 16 that season before getting blown out by Kansas.

"They think freshman year I averaged 17, the next year I have to average 20," Trimble said. "My sophomore year was me, Rob Carter, Jake Layman, Rasheed Sulaimon. Like come on now, that’s the whole team right there with everybody scoring.

"I’m not going to go out there and have 18 points. I didn’t understand why people felt I had to be great, I mean I had to be great, but like another level from the year before as far as points-wise," Trimble continued. "I’m a point guard at the end of the day, my sophomore year I felt like I learned how to pass the ball. Freshman year I didn’t pass at all. Looking back on it, I’m kind of happy I did stay. I had to learn how to be a PG."

Trimble also said that another factor that weighed into his decision to stay at Maryland was the tight-knit brotherhood he formed with his teammates.

"At Maryland, it was like a brotherhood. We bonded well and it was like, 'I don’t want to leave this for some money,'" Trimble said. "At the time, the following year I could have got drafted as well. Certain things happen, I got hurt and it is what it is. It wasn’t easy to say I’m not going to go to the NBA and stay."

The point guard ended up returning for his junior season, too, as Maryland saw Stone, Sulaimon, Carter and Layman all depart for the draft following the 2015-16 season. The Terps had their share of ups and downs in 2016-17 but still earned a sixth seed in the NCAA Tournament. However, their time in March Madness was short-lived, as the Terps were bounced by 11th-seeded Xavier in the opening round.

After his junior season, Trimble had no reason to stay at Maryland anymore. He entered the draft, but all 60 picks went by without the Upper Marlboro native hearing his name. 

Trimble played for the Philadelphia 76ers summer league team in 2017 and joined the Minnesota Timberwolves that fall for training camp. He was one of the final players cut ahead of the season. Trimble spent his first year removed from Maryland playing for the Iowa Wolves of the NBA G-League but didn't have much overall success.

Over the past two years, Trimble has found plenty of success playing in the NBL in Australia, the same league that top draft prospects LaMelo Ball and R.J. Hampton played in last season. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Trimble had signed an agreement with the European club CB Estudiantes, one of the most recognized teams in Spain.

While the 25-year-old still has NBA aspirations, he knows those likely could have been fulfilled had he left school two years earlier than he did.

"I might be able to get there one day, I might not," Trimble said.

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Report: Top quarterback recruit Caleb Williams gave Maryland last word before college decision

Report: Top quarterback recruit Caleb Williams gave Maryland last word before college decision

On Saturday night, the No. 1 quarterback prospect of the 2021 recruiting class will announce his decision on where he will spend his college career. And he may not even have to leave the DMV to do it.

Gonzaga’s junior signal caller Caleb Williams has narrowed his list of options down to three schools: Oklahoma, LSU and Maryland. Though the Sooners under quarterback guru Lincoln Riley are considered the favorites to land him, the hometown Terrapins have outlasted a plethora of other schools throughout Williams’ decision-making process. According to The Washington Post, he gave head coach Michael Locksley and the Terps final word, last speaking with Maryland coaches on June 27.

Ranked the fourth overall player in his class by 247sports, Williams is coming off back-to-back seasons in which he was named first-team All-Met. As a junior in 2019, he threw for 1,770 yards and 19 touchdowns while showcasing his dual-threat ability by rushing for 838 yards and another 18 scores.

Locksley and the Terps have already enjoyed a successful offseason of recruiting highlighted by landing 247sports’ fourth-ranked wide receiver in the 2020 class, Rakim Jarrett. A product of St. John’s in D.C., he flipped from LSU on signing day, surprising even Locksley.

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Though the Terps went just 3-9 (1-8 in Big Ten play) last season, the addition of Jarrett as a legitimate weapon in the passing game may be enough to convince Williams to forego Oklahoma and LSU. He plans to announce his decision Saturday at 9 p.m.

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