PLAYER TO WATCH
Melo Trimble, guard, Maryland
The 6-3 junior is coming off a career-high 32 points in an important 74-64 road win over Northwestern on Wednesday. Trimble has put together his best season since earning All-Big Ten first team honors as a freshman. He’s averaging 17.2 points and 3.5 assists per game. But what Trimble does Sunday with Big Ten title implications at Wisconsin will be his measuring stick.
GAME OF THE WEEKEND
No. 3 Kansas at No. 4 Baylor, noon Saturday (Ch. 4): This matchup has a little less significance since Baylor (22-4, 9-4 Big 12) lost at Texas Tech 84-78 on Monday, but these are still the two top teams in the Big 12. The Jayhawks (23-3, 11-2) can take a big step toward clinching their record 13th consecutive conference championship. In the first meeting this season, Kansas won 73-68 at home behind 23 points from freshman sensation Josh Jackson.
Gonzaga is still undefeated at 27-0 after another week of rolling through West Coast Conference competition. The Zags have beaten every league opponent by double digits, including fellow perennial midmajor power St. Mary’s twice. Mark Few’s team won’t lose until the NCAA tournament, but I’m not sure that’s a good thing. At that point, Gonzaga’s season will be over with the Zags wondering if they should have faced some adversity earlier.