COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland sophomore Melo Trimble said prior to Saturday’s game against Wisconsin that he has been undergoing treatments to combat the heavy minutes load placed upon him so far in the Big Ten season.
It is a conference slate that has included having to overcome a back and hamstring issue that has bothered him at times even going back to his freshman season.
“I’ve been getting treatment over and over ever since the Big Ten has started,” Trimble said. “More treatment so I can be well-prepared for each game.”
The sophomore had a rare evening of unshakeable struggles against Wisconsin, going 1-of-14 from the floor and turning the ball over five times. Compounded by how grueling the Big Ten is, Trimble has played less than 35 minutes in just one game over the past calendar month (eight games) -- and that came against Division II Bowie State.
The upcoming weeks have a bit of reprieve built into them, though. The Bowie State game was scheduled during the first of two “bye” weeks in conference play, where the Terrapins will not face a Big Ten opponent during the workweek.
The next bye will come after Sunday’s home game against Michigan.
“We’ve had some time off. We’re playing fewer games right around now,” head coach Mark Turgeon said on Wednesday. “We’re hoping that because of that, Melo’s going to get back closer to 100 percent as we head into the postseason.
“I think he’s fine. I think he’s healthy. He’s really moved well this week. Couple days this week in practice he had his speed back on defense, which was good to see. I think he’s almost 100 percent healthy.”
Trimble and the Terrapins tip off against Minnesota at 8 p.m. on Thursday.