Juwan Howard Is Getting Roasted For Returning From Suspension Only To Lose Big Ten Tournament Opener

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  • Juwan Howard returned from a five-game suspension to lead Michigan in the Big Ten tournament
  • The Wolverines lost, putting their NCAA Tournament chances in limbo
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Juwan Howard returned from a five-game suspension today to resume his duties as Michigan’s head basketball coach.

For those who may have forgotten, Howard was suspended for slapping an opposing assistant coach following a loss to Wisconsin. The smack stemmed from a disagreement in the handshake line, with an altercation arising between both players and coaches on both sides.

Today, though, the slate was wiped clean.

While Howard arrived at the arena to the sound of boos, he was business.

With the incident in the rearview mirror, Howard and the Wolverines could turn their focus to the Big Ten tournament. The eighth seeded Michigan team could make a run, improving their position on the NCAA Bubble. And it seemed to be well on its way.

Michigan took a 13-point lead into halftime, and they led by as many as 17 points midway through the second half. That’s when the wheels began to fall off.

The Wolverines scored just four points between the 12:54 and 1:57 marks. Indiana outscored Howard and Co. by 24 points over that 11-minute span.

The result wound up being a crushing 74-69 defeat that now puts Michigan’s postseason status in jeopardy.

Michigan is now just 17-14 on the year, and while many believe they’ll end up on the right side of the bubble, they’re far from a lock to make the Big Dance.

Juwan Howard Being Ripped In Return To The Court

With the huge second half collapse, fans took to social media to rip Juwan Howard in his return to the sidelines. The head coach was embarrassed in his last regular season game and that embarrassment has now carried over to his postseason opener.

Others are questioning whether the Wolverines should’ve stuck with Phil Martelli, who led the team to a 3-2 finish on the season. Two of those victories came over archrivals Michigan State and Ohio State.

Definitely a tough night for Howard. He and the Wolverines will have to wait until Selection Sunday to find out their postseason fate.