What a long way this Maryland Terrapins program has come. In advance to the start of this 2014-2015 season, the Terps have only been ranked once since 2002. They have not been ranked in the top 20 since the year after their 2002 National Championship victory.
This season, they have been ranked since the fourth week of the season, and have only gone up in the rankings for the most part. Their highest place in the AP Poll this year was 11, and with a win on Saturday against Michigan, that can easily be eclipsed in the next release of the rankings.
Last night, the No. 5 team in the nation traveled to College Park to take on the No. 14 Terrapins. The Terps held the lead over Wisconsin from the start, and only gave it up one time in the entire competition. Thanks to a great performance from Senior guard Dez Wells (26 points), Maryland was able to grab a 59-53 victory over the Badgers, as the fans stormed the court following the game in the Xfinity Center.
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Wells and starting point guard Melo Trimble combined for all but 17 of the Terps total points in the game. Trimble, who recorded 16 points and four rebounds in last nights game, has lead the way for Maryland this year. He leads the team averaging 16.1 points per game and is the running for BIG 10 player of the year.
Joining Wells and Trimble as one of the best three-some’s in the nation is forward Jake Layman. The three are all averaging in the double-digits this season, making Maryland the only club in the nation to posses of three double-digit scorers.
Assuming the Terps take down the 14-13 Wolverines at home on Saturday, there is a good chance that they could find themselves ranked in the top ten after the next AP Polls are released this coming Monday. Three games remain on the schedule, and all of them come against fairly easy opponents.
Next up come the aforementioned Wolverines, followed by two road games in Rutgers and Nebraska. After that, the Terps should be starting the BIG 10 tournament in the second round due to their conference record. This is a team that can potentiality be a third seed in the NCAA tourney.
They are young, which means the length of their postseason run is very much in doubt. However, one thing is for sure at this point: Maryland will be participating in the highly-anticipated March Madness for the first time in five years.