Badgers remember last season's game-winner by Melo Trimble

Wisconsin guard Zak Showalter has a vivid memory of last season's 63-60 loss to Maryland at the Kohl Center. It makes sense, since Showalter was guarding Melo Trimble as the Terps' star guard buried a long 3-point shot with 1.2 seconds remaining.

Showalter said Friday that he thought Trimble was going to drive to the basket long before he released his shot.


"Get fouled or get a layup," Showalter said after practice. "So he kind of almost shot what I wanted him to shoot, a tough, contested 3, 28 feet or whatever he was from the basket. I can't be too down on myself. The kid made a heckuva shot and he won the game for them."

Showalter was surprised to hear that it was the first game-winning shot Trimble had made in either his high school or college career. But he said he wasn't shocked given what he knew and what he had seen from the Maryland guard in his first two seasons in the Big Ten.


"He's got that clutch gene, I think he's had that reputation his whole career," Showalter said. "He hits free throws in the clutch, he seals games. He does a lot of sealing games."

Going into Sunday's game between No. 23 Maryland and No. 11 Wisconsin, Trimble's 3-point shot is a distant memory for most of the Badgers.

Any thought of this year's game at the Kohl Center being payback for what happened last year disappeared when the Badgers played in College Park a little more than a month later and crushed the No. 2 Terps, building a 15-point halftime lead and winning easily, 70-57.

Asked Friday if that satisfied Wisconsin's need for retribution, senior forward Nigel Hayes smiled.

"Oh definitely, we beat the [crap] out of them," Hayes said.

When the then-No. 3 Terps beat the Badgers here last season, Wisconsin was less than a month removed from the sudden resignation of longtime coach Bo Ryan and had started the Big Ten schedule 1-2 under then-interim coach Greg Gard.

"We were in the midst of finding ourselves still," Hayes recalled.  "It was definitely an extremely good Maryland team, they had a target [for being so highly ranked] and it came down to the end and he [Trimble] made a great play, that's what players do, he stepped up for his team and won. We were definitely looking to get our revenge [in College Park] and I think we did that and a little bit more."

Senior forward Vitto Brown had his own personal revenge.

In the loss at the Kohl Center, Brown was held scoreless for the only time last season. In the win at Maryland, Brown finished with a career-high 21 points on eight of 14 shooting along with seven rebounds. Brown's performance was slightly overshadowed by an altercation with then freshman Diamond Stone.

After a rebound scrum, Brown and Stone fell to the court and Stone, who grew up in Milwaukee and was heavily recruited by the Badgers, pushed Brown's head to the court, leading to a technical foul and what later resulted in a one-game suspension by Maryland coach Mark Turgeon.

Asked what he remembered about the game here last season, Brown said, "I remember it was a very bad game for myself. I like to block it out. But I do remember that shot [by Trimble] and some of the things leading up to it, so that was definitely a sour taste in our mouths. We don't want to go through that again."

Brown said that Sunday's game has even more importance than keeping pace – or moving ahead – of the other Big Ten contenders.


"That's what it's about to the outside, but for us, it's about getting back on the winning road," Brown said. "Obviously dropping the last two [games this season to Northwestern and Michigan]. The whole Big Ten race is going to be a byproduct of winning the game [Sunday]. We're focused on making sure that we don't make two in a row three in a row."

Coming off scoring a career-high 32 points in Wednesday's win at Northwestern, Trimble isn't thinking much about what happened last season against the Badgers. After scoring 21 points on nine of 17 shooting in the win here, Trimble missed 13 of 14 shots from the field and finished with 10 points in the loss at Xfinity Center.

"Every year is going to be different … every team is going to be different, they're going to have a different scouting report on you," Trimble said. "I don't know who's going to guard me, I don't know how the game's going to turn out, but I know we're going to play our best. We're already motivated after losing to Penn State and having a chance to be No. 1 in the Big Ten."

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