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Trimble makes ESPN analyst look like genius with last-second stunner

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Trimble makes ESPN analyst look like genius with last-second stunner

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. 

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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:

It's a tough call. All things considered, it might be a dead heat.

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Maryland wastes their best change become bowl eligible in loss to Indiana

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Maryland wastes their best change become bowl eligible in loss to Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  -- Indiana Hoosiers coach Tom Allen changed tactics this week.

Instead of focusing on one game, he took the big-picture approach and his players responded.

Stevie Scott's late, long run set up Logan Justus for a 42-yard go-ahead field goal with 2:32 to play and Nile Sykes recovered a fumble in the final minute to preserve Indiana's 34-32 come-from-behind to keep Indiana in the postseason discussion.

"I didn't want to talk about going to bowl games, but I just said, `You know what, forget all that, I'm talking about bowl games' because they're big," Allen said. "I'm going to call these guys out on it and say that's what we're playing for."

After a slow start, the Hoosiers (5-5, 2-5 Big Ten) rebounded with three touchdowns in less than 4 minutes in the first half then closed with a flurry to snap a four-game skid. They need one more victory to become bowl-eligible.

At least they still have a chance and largely because they got contributions from each phase.

Scott carried 19 times for 103 yards and one touchdown. Peyton Ramsey went 16 of 28 with 243 yards, two TD passes and one interception and also made two shifty moves on a 35-yard scoring run in the first half.

The defense held Maryland (5-5, 3-4) to field goals on its first two trips into the red zone and forced four turnovers, including the sealing strip-sack of backup quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome.

Justus made all four extra points and two field goals, something Maryland could not. A missed extra point and a failed 2-point conversion with 4:54 left took crucial points off the board for Maryland, spoiling Anthony McFarland's career-best day. He ran 29 times for 210 yards in relief of the injured Ty Johnson.

With the loss for Maryland, their bowl hopes have taken a significant hit.

All the team needs is one more win to extend their season by a game and make the postseason. Their remaining two games are against Top 25 opponents Ohio State and Penn State. 

Maryland's lone Top 25 win this season was in the opening week against Texas. 

"This isn't the last game of the season," interim coach Matt Canada said. "Oh my gosh we wanted to win, we certainly could have."

It sure wasn't easy for the Hoosiers , either, even after they took a 31-15 lead midway through the third quarter.

Maryland charged back after Javon Leake returned a kickoff 47 yards to the Indiana 27-yard line. Two plays later, Leake scooted right and sprinted 27 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. Pigrome's 2-point conversion pass to McFarland made it 31-23.

The Terrapins closed to 31-26 on a field goal early in the fourth and retook the lead when Pigrome hooked up with Jeshaun Jones on a 15-yard TD pass.

But when Tayon Fleet-Davis' run was stopped short of the goal line, Indiana took advantage.

Following a 23-yard kickoff return to the Indiana 40, Scott broke free down the right side of the field and went out of bounds at the Maryland 33. Four plays later, Justus made the decisive field goal.

"It was amazing," Justus said. "I was kind of just spacing out, I was really excited."

NBC Sports Washington's Tyler Byrum contributed to this story. 

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Maryland football lands commitment from Mike Tomlin's son

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Maryland football lands commitment from Mike Tomlin's son

Dino Tomlin, the son of Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, announced on Twitter Tuesday he has committed to play for the Maryland football team. 

A three-star wide receiver, Tomlin becomes the first Terps commit since D.J. Durkin's firing. He is known for his speed, running a 4.52-second 40-yard dash and is the defending Pennsylvania state champion in the 300m hurdles. 

"I felt it was the right place for me to develop," Tomlin told 24/7 Sports. "Get to see good competition. Close to family. Get to play schools that passed on me," Tomlin said.

There is a family connection with Tomlin and Maryland as well: his uncle, Ed, played for the Terps.

As for the scandal surrounding Maryland football, Tomlin doesn't have too many concerns.

"I feel like they handled it appropriately at this point," he said. "I kind of knew I was going to commit a week or so ago. I just let it pan out."