As the last seconds were ticking off, me and the guy I went to the game with headed up the stairs with the plan of taking advantage of the 50-degree weather, having a drink, and letting traffic clear out. As we were on the way out, we could hear booing start to swell and Matt LePay's voice seem strangely concerned with faster pace to it. We wandered up the ramp to see the remainder of an incident being clearing up, thought it wasn't much, and headed out. Immediately, the "what happened at the end of the game?", texts started coming in. And we finally saw the video via social media. And now it's the biggest story in sports. Naturally, I missed it as it was happening. Michigan coach Juwan Howard is way in the wrong here. Not just for what he was angry about (which I'll go into in a second), but for the very lame act of trying to give a drive-by insult of "I'll remember that sh*t" to Badger Coach Greg Gard, then getting angry when Gard tried to get Howard's attention so Gard could explain himself. I'm not sure what Howard thought was going to happen when he tossed off that insult, but you can't get mad when the other guy tries to stop you from blowing by. Howard then tells Gard "get your hands off of me", grabs Gard, and puts his finger in Gard's face (note - the former Fab Five member and NBA All-Star is about a foot taller than Gard-o). Badger assistant Joe Krabbenhoft and others from both teams come running in, Howard smacks Krabby in the head, and it's on. At least for a minute or two, until things settle down, and Brad Davison (who's usually involved in chippiness like this) tried to make sure he and other UW players didn't get hit with further suspensions.
Michael Finley didn't just help put Wisconsin Basketball on the map, he blazed a trail that players like @JohnnyDavis are proud to follow— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) February 21, 2022
"He turned it around."@LucasAtLarge has more
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We got bigger fish to fry, like a conference title. Allegedly the reason why Howard was angry was because of what Gard did late in the game as UW led by 14. Wisconsin had pulled all of its starters, and Howard was pressuring UW's backups to the point that they were struggling to get the ball across halfcourt. In order to avoid turning the ball over, Gard called timeout with 15 seconds left, and Howard viewed that as....taunting? As CBS' top studio analyst and a longtime former college coach/ESPN analyst point out, Howard's decision to pressure UW's scrubs when the game was out of reach is the only reason that timeout ever had to happen. And means Howard has no right to complain.
Brad Davison to his teammates: "We're singing 'Varsity,' come on." https://t.co/I6oTBxqlcd— Stu Levitan (@StuLevitan) February 21, 2022
I am curious if at some point Juwan Howard will explain why it was OK for him to put on a full court press against the backups in a 15 point game but not OK for Greg Gard to call time out to help his guys beat it.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) February 21, 2022
Of course, as I write this, the suspensions and other punishments come down.
Coaches: Here’s my takeaways from @umichbball_ -@BadgerMBB . Judge for yourself but I know coaching 101: 1. It’s to hard to coach two teams at once. You coach yours, & I’ll coach mine. 2. If you are still pressing, I’m helping my team. 3. Know the rules. pic.twitter.com/5Oge7fpwnd— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) February 21, 2022