2019 March Madness Bubble Watch: Wofford Terriers

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2019 March Madness Bubble Watch: Wofford Terriers

Wofford has the talent, experience, and momentum to put some of the nation's top teams on upset alert in the NCAA Tournament. They ran the table in the reguar season in the Southern Conference and their resume could land them an at-large bid if they were to falter in the Southern Conference tournament. You should not sleep on the Terriers.

Wofford Terriers (26-4; 18-0, 1st in Southern Conference)

Tim's Take: Wofford is among the best three-point shooting teams in the country, and they have a trio of upperclassmen leading the way -- G Fletcher Magee (senior), F Cameron Jackson (senior), and G Nathan Hoover (junior). They may not have beaten any of the top non-conference opponents they faced, but excluding the 25-point loss at Kansas, they kept these matchups close. They are a battle-tested bunch currently on a 17-game winning-streak. An experienced team that can heat up from behind the three-point line is a team that can compete with just about anyone in March.

They rain. Right now, they're 2nd in the country in three-point field goal percentage at 41.5. [Of] their four leading scorers, three of them are better than 41.5 percent from three. Take Duke, for instance. Their best three-point shooter is Cam Reddish. He is shooting 33 percent. Wofford had four guys -- their four leading scorers -- average better than [that] from three...I think Wofford would run a mediocre Power-5 team right off the floor.

Wofford players to watch:

G Fletcher Magee (senior) - 20.7 ppg, 92.7 FT%, 42.8 3PT%
F Cameron Jackson (senior) - 14.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 92.7 FT%, 38.9 3PT%
G Nathan Hoover (junior) - 13.0 ppg, 89.6 FT%, 44.9 3PT%

Wofford Tournament Profile:

Rankings: #22 AP, USA Today, and KenPom; #14 NET

Notable Results: Lost vs. #8 North Carolina 78-67; lost at #2 Kansas 72-47; lost at Oklahoma 75-64; lost at #17 Mississippi State 98-87; first team to go undefeated in Southern Conference since Steph Curry's 2008 Davidson team

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Melo Trimble's career night lifts Maryland in tough road test against Northwestern

Melo Trimble's career night lifts Maryland in tough road test against Northwestern

Melo Trimble scored a career-high 32 points on 12-for-17 shooting, and No. 23 Maryland strengthened its position in the Big Ten with a 74-64 victory over Northwestern on Wednesday night.

Trimble repeatedly came up with big plays for the Terrapins (22-4, 10-3), driving inside for layups or connecting from long range. The junior guard made four of Maryland's eight 3-pointers and also contributed four rebounds.

Anthony Cowan added 13 points and Damonte Dodd had 12 as Maryland moved into a tie with Purdue for second in the conference, just a half-game behind Wisconsin. The Terrapins visit the Badgers on Sunday.

Northwestern (19-7, 8-5) was coming off a big 66-59 win at Wisconsin last Sunday, boosting its chances for the first NCAA Tournament appearance in the history of the program. But it got off to a slow start offensively and never recovered against Trimble and the poised Terrapins.

The Wildcats whittled a 20-point deficit to nine on Sanjay Lumpkin's layup with 3:16 left. But Dodd responded with a rebound basket and the Terrapins closed it out at the free throw line.

Freshman Isiah Brown led Northwestern with a career-high 19 points. Vic Law had 12 points and eight rebounds, and Dererk Pardon finished with 11 points.

The Wildcats played without Scottie Lindsey, who was sidelined by mononucleosis for the fourth straight game. The 6-foot-5 junior, who leads the Wildcats with 15.4 points per game, is day to day.

With Lindsey out and Bryant McIntosh battling foul trouble, Northwestern struggled to score against Maryland's suffocating defense. The Wildcats heated up a bit in the second half but shot 39 percent (23 for 59) for the game.

BIG PICTURE

Maryland: Trimble and the Terrapins appear to be back on track after consecutive losses to Purdue and Penn State at the beginning of February. Maryland stopped the slide with an 86-77 victory over Ohio State on Saturday, and then stepped up with a composed effort against a Northwestern team looking for another signature win for its resume.

Northwestern: The Wildcats miss Lindsey, but they also hurt themselves against the Terrapins. They went 13 for 23 at the free throw line.

UP NEXT

Maryland visits No. 11 Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon.

Northwestern hosts last-place Rutgers on Saturday.