Juwan Howard Runs On Floor During Play, Gets Technical Foul

Michigan head coach Juwan Howard got his first taste of the school’s rivalry with Michigan State from a coaching perspective on Sunday, and it didn’t go so great.

Things started getting away from the Wolverines in the second half, as Michigan State star Cassius Winston began to heat up. Howard was also angry that no foul was called while Michigan forward Austin Davis was driving to the basket, and that led him to run all the way onto the court while the Spartans were in the middle of a fast break.

Howard’s technical actually meant that the referees had to stop play and wipe out a Winston three, so in a strange way, it benefited the Wolverines in terms of the score at that moment.

Howard definitely still has a player’s mentality in some ways. When he saw a bad no-call go against his team, he just couldn’t hold back.

Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  By Grey Papke  |  Last updated 1/5/20


How Jim Harbaugh Reacted To His Son Coming Out

Written by Nick Baumgardner at USA Today.com

James Harbaugh Jr., the son of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, remembers the moment he told his father he was gay.

And his father’s response.

Harbaugh Jr. gave a wide-ranging interview with the Boston-based “Two Outs” podcast with WEEI’s Alex Reimer and the Boston Globe’s Steve Buckley. Both are openly gay members of the sports media.

“The first time I talked to my dad about it was after the (2016) election,” James Jr. “The night of, it was like 2 a.m. I had been crying and I told him I was really nervous and scared of how things were going to be now as I didn’t feel comfortable. He said something very encouraging back and I wasn’t sure, he and I had never talked about it, so I just flat out verbatim, for the first time, told him ‘Dad, I’m gay, do you know that?’

“He said something back again, another encouraging (response), that ‘you need to keep your head up, as long as you do what you feel is right in your mind and live your truth (then) everything will be OK.’ “

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Harbaugh Jr. is one of Jim Harbaugh’s seven children, one of three from a previous marriage. He’s currently a student at Michigan studying theater and performing arts.

Recently, being in Ann Arbor, James, Jr. has been able to spend more time with his father and believes their relationship is stronger than ever.

“He’s supported me in everything I’ve done,” he said. “I know he’s supportive of me and I feel lucky in that regard, that my entire family is supportive of me.”

James, Jr. actually credits his dad for igniting his passion for performing arts, as the elder Harbaugh once took his family to see a production of “Wicked” during his time as Stanford’s head coach.

From there, everything clicked.

“I can kind of credit my dad for getting me into theater, a little bit,” he said. “He took (the family) and we went to see “Wicked” in San Francisco and I was blown away by it. … I remember thinking ‘wow, this is incredible, I’d love to be part of something that would make people feel this way.’ “

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Florida Suspends 7 Players For Opener

Written by Ben Kercheval at CBS Sports.com

Florida announced on Sunday that seven players have been suspended for the season-opening game against Michigan in Arlington, Texas, for unspecified reasons.

Among the suspended players is star wide receiver Antonio Callaway. The other suspended players are defensive lineman Jordan Smith, defensive lineman Keivonnis Davis, linebacker James Houston, offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort, defensive lineman Richerd Desir-Jones and linebacker Ventrell Miller.

“We have a small group of players that have made some choices that are extremely disappointing. Action has been taken — they have missed some practice and will miss the Michigan game. We will use this as a learning opportunity and we will have some players step up as we move forward,” coach Jim McElwain said in a statement.

Of the seven suspended players, Callaway is the lone starter. He is arguably Florida’s top returning playmaker as he’s been the team’s leading receiver in each of the past two seasons. Callaway hauled in 54 catches for 721 yards and three touchdowns in 2016, plus 35 grabs for 678 yards and four receiving touchdowns as a freshman in 2015. He also contributes in the return game. Last season, he had two punts returned for a score.

Florida did not announce a reason for the suspensions, though the players were allegedly misusing funds provided to them by the school as part of their scholarships, according to Thomas Goldkamp of 247Sports. The players bought electronics with funds meant to be used for school — a practice not uncommon among student-athletes — but then allegedly sold these electronics and told UF their cards had been stolen or lost. Goldkamp further reports “that the purchases have been either returned or the school funds used will be paid back by the athletes.” The amount of the purchases is not known, nor is the length of the suspensions.

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Harbaugh and UM Going to Italy For A Week of Practice

Written by Dan Murphy at ESPN.com

All roads lead to Rome, and college football is joining the caravan this weekend. Michigan’s football team will land in the Eternal City on Saturday for what could be the most unusual week of practice in the game’s history.

Jim Harbaugh, his staff and 99 of their football players will hold three workouts next week in Italy. They’ll spend the rest of their time abroad touring Rome and some of its biggest attractions. Harbaugh billed the trip in February as a cultural, educational and international football experience for his program. Earlier this week, he said he’s hoping the week is “the best experience in these youngsters’ lives up until this point” and the best experience of his too.

It’s an idea, hatched by the head man himself, that makes it awfully difficult for outsiders within the sport and beyond to criticize his desire to take Michigan on the road. His stated plans to make these international trips an annual affair is an obvious recruiting incentive (paid for by a single anonymous donor) that few other schools can afford to offer. It’s also a genuine effort to find creative ways to enrich his players’ lives within restrictive NCAA rules.

Pushing boundaries to seek any possible competitive advantage while simultaneously trying to spread the good word of football has, as much as anything, defined the first two-plus years of Harbaugh’s tenure at his alma mater. Rome may be his splashiest move to date, but it fits the mold.

Here’s more on what Michigan has planned this week and how in the world the winged helmet (now adorned with an Italian flag sticker) ended up flying nearly 5,000 miles from Ann Arbor:

How did we get here?

A year ago, Harbaugh shipped his team to Florida for a week of practice during the school’s spring break. The trip raised the ire of several other coaches and powerful figures in college football, and future trips like it were subsequently outlawed.

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Oregon Narrowly Beats Michigan To Advance To Elite Eight

Written by Tyler Alger at Oregon Live.com

Tyler Dorsey hit the go-ahead layup with a minute to play, and Jordan Bell finished with a double-double to lead the No. 3 seed Oregon Ducks to a narrow 69-68 victory against the Michigan Wolverines on Thursday.

Oregon advances to a second consecutive Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament, though ending Michigan’s magical March run did not come easily.

After a back-and-forth game that saw the Ducks lead for much of the way, Michigan took a three-point lead with 2:04 to play at 68-65. A Bell putback layup and then Dorsey’s layup put the Ducks up with 1:09 to go, and they held on from there.

Dorsey hit 5 of 7 three-pointers and finished with 20 points, while Bell had 16 points and 13 rebounds. Dillon Brooks added 12 points, four rebounds and five assists. Dylan Ennis 10 points and pulled down five rebounds.

Michigan’s Derrick Walton Jr. led the Wolverines with 20 points and eight assists, but his three-point attempt with three seconds left came up short. Bell grabbed the rebound, and the buzzer sounded.

The Ducks advance to the Midwest Region final on Saturday, when they will play the winner of Thursday’s later game between Kansas and Purdue. Michigan had won six games in a row since the Wolverines’ airplane skidded off the runway after an aborted takeoff two weeks ago. But the run ended by the narrowest of margins at the Sprint Center.

Here’s a recap of how the game unfolded, with the latest updates on top.

Final: Oregon 69, Michigan 68: After Michigan’s timeout, with under 1 minute left, the Wolverines go to D.J. Wilson, but his three-pointer is no good. The Ducks get the rebound. Dillon Brooks drives, misses the layup, but Jordan Bell is there for the rebound. The Ducks’ Dylan Ennis is fouled with 14.9 seconds left, and he heads to the line. He misses the front end of a one-and-one. Michigan rebounds it, and Oregon uses a foul to give with 9.4 left. Michigan still down one, at 69-68. Derrick Walton misses with 3 seconds to play, Jordan Bell grabs the rebound, and the Oregon Ducks hold on to win 69-68.

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Top Games for NCAA Tournament For Today

Written by Eddie Timanus  at USAToday.com

Now that the NCAA tournament has reached the Sweet 16, the menu of viewing options is considerably reduced. That doesn’t mean, however, that there still aren’t choices to be made when it comes to prioritizing your hoop-watching schedule. As always, we’re here to help.

Here are the four regional semifinal games slated for Thursday, ranked according to what we think will make for the best matchups. (Times p.m. ET.)

West Region: No. 1 Gonzaga (34-1) vs. No. 4 West Virginia (28-8)

Time/TV: 7:37, TBS

Why to watch: This figures to be a fascinating test for the top seed. One could call this a contrast in styles, though the Bulldogs have shown they can adapt to a fast or slow pace. The Mountaineers’ constant full-court press, however, isn’t so much about establishing a tempo. WVU does like to generate fast-break points from turnovers, but the long-term objective is to wear down opponents. If the Zags avoid turnovers and shoot well enough to set up their own half-court defense, things could be close throughout.

Why it could disappoint: If the Mountaineers get on a roll quickly, Gonzaga might not have the long-range firepower to mount a comeback. But the game could get away from the West Virginia if the Bulldogs can establish dominance on the boards, particularly on the offensive end resulting in second-chance points.

West Region: No. 3 Oregon (31-5) vs. No. 7 Michigan (26-11)

Time/TV: 7:09, CBS

Why to watch: The term gets overused, especially at this time of year, but there’s an unmistakable “team of destiny” vibe around the Wolverines. It began with their run through the Big Ten tournament, and they’ve now prevailed in an entertaining track meet and a wire-to-wire slugfest in the Big Dance. The journey continues against the Ducks, who’ve shown no less resolve by overcoming the loss of key big man Chris Boucher to reach this point. Both teams have a lot of guys who are making big shots, so it could be another wild ride.

Why it could disappoint: It’s possible that Michigan’s tank will finally hit empty. It could likewise get out of hand for Oregon if they encounter an extended cold spell.

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Previewing the Sweet 16 Matchups

Preview of Day Two Of the Tournament

Written by The SI Staff at SI.com

The first day of Madness is in the books, and surely some brackets are already in pieces, but Friday has plenty of matchups that shouldn’t disappoint. Below is a viewing guide for each of the Day 2’s 16 games.

(All times Eastern).

12:15 p.m., CBS
Midwest Regional: No. 7 Michigan vs. No. 10 Oklahoma State

Michigan comes into the tournament with tremendous momentum, having beaten Purdue and Wisconsin en route to the Big Ten tournament title. And don’t discount the sentimental wave the Wolverines are riding—when flying to D.C. for the tournament, their plane had an accident on the runway, forcing Michigan to wear its practice uniforms against Illinois. Derrick Walton is averaging 20 points and 9.2 rebounds over the last five games, and Michigan is a trendy dark horse. But don’t count out Oklahoma State—the Cowboys shot over 40% from three for the season, and they have the nation’s best adjusted offensive rating, per kenpom.com.

12:40 p.m., truTV
East Regional: No. 3 Baylor vs. No. 14 New Mexico State

Baylor is led by Johnathan Motley, a 6’10” double-double machine who could be a first-round pick should he declare for the NBA draft. The Bears were a top-10 team for the majority of the year and have a top-15 defense in most advanced metrics. New Mexico St. is probably the best No. 14 seed, for whatever that’s worth, and had a 20-game winning streak during the season. Paul Weir’s team has speedy guards, led by senior Ian Baker, but the Aggies haven’t played anybody close to Baylor’s quality this year—the best team they’ve faced is Colorado St.

1:30 p.m., TNT

South Regional: No. 8 Arkansas vs. No. 9 Seton Hall

This should be a close one; most sports books have Arkansas as just a 1-point favorite. Arkansas has won 9 of 11 and looked impressive in its run to the SEC tournament final. The Razorbacks have a balanced offensive attack, with four players averaging over 11 points per game, and they’ve only lost to two teams who aren’t in the NCAA tournament. Seton Hall closed the season playing some of its best basketball and nearly knocked off Villanova in the Big East tournament semifinal. When the Pirates need a bucket, they turn to Khadeen Carrington, a gritty junior guard who also might be the team’s best perimeter defender.

2 p.m., TBS
Midwest Regional: No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 14 Iona

Oregon won the Pac-12 regular season title and seemed poised to challenge for a No. 1 seed before Chris Boucher tore his ACL in the first half of a win over California. The Ducks still played Arizona tight in the Pac-12 tournament final (eventually falling 83-80), and they can win any game so long as conference player of the year and crunch-time killer Dillon Brooks is suited up. Iona likes to push the tempo by playing four guards, often including Sam Cassell Jr., but the Gaels’ biggest offensive threat is big man Jordan Washington, who averages more than 17 points in just more than 21 minutes per game.

2:45 p.m., CBS
Midwest Regional: No. 2 Louisville vs. No. 15 Jacksonville State

Rick Pitino’s team is characteristically long, athletic and terrific defensively (seventh in adjusted defensive rating). The Cardinals have flown under the radar and didn’t lose to a non-tournament team all year. Sophomore guard Donovan Mitchell can do a bit of everything and could be a first-round pick. Jacksonville State or Jacksonville, Alabama—not Florida—is making its first NCAA tournament appearance in school history. Keep an eye on Jacksonville’s Erik Durham—the senior shot 48.4% from three on nearly 5 attempts per game.

3:10 p.m., truTV
East Regional: No. 6 SMU vs. No. 11 USC

These two teams met way back on Nov. 25, and USC won that contest 78-73 on its home floor. But this is a different SMU team—the Mustangs won 17 of 18 games in the American Athletic Conference and have won 16 straight overall. That, and their fourth-best scoring defense, are the reasons why they’re ranked 11th in the latest AP poll. SMU is led by Duke transfer and AAC player of the year Semi Ojeleye, whose story is a compelling one. USC overcame a 17-point second-half deficit to beat Providence in its First Four game, which should give Andy Enfield’s team some confidence.

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From Practice Jerseys to Big Ten Champs

Written by InhaleSports Contributor Chateau Mangaroo 

On a cool, sunny day in Washington D.C., the University of Michigan Wolverines won the 2017 Big Ten basketball tournament. Their victory may be deemed an upset since the eighth-seeded Wolverines beat three top four seeds but it was never a surprise to the Maize and Blue.

Senior guard Derrick Walton Jr., the Big Ten’s most outstanding player, told his coach they were going to win and that was his goal.

Typically, conference basketball tournaments are filled with drama on the court but the Wolverines endured a harrowing experience before they even set foot in the Verizon Center. On Wednesday, the day before their first conference game against the University of Illinois, the plane carrying not only the Wolverines basketball team, but its cheerleaders, pep band and some members of the coaching staff’s families, skidded off the runway in an attempted takeoff. There were no major injuries but the experience was scary nonetheless.

Head coach John Beilein said, “Everybody is pretty shook up…Everybody’s good. It could have been much worse.”

Though the Wolverines made alternate travel plans, no one was allowed access to their baggage since the accident was now under investigation.

So armed with practice jerseys, shorts and shoes, the Wolverines arrived in Washington D.C. less than two hours before tip-off against the Fighting Illini.

After the preceding 24 hours, it is difficult to imagine the Wolverines would not let their emotions get the best of them, but they didn’t. They won the game in convincing fashion shooting 11-of-14 in the first half and hitting 6-of-7 free throws (.857).

Senior guard/forward Zak Irvin said, “We were excited to get back on the court, get everything back to normal.”

The next day, wearing their game day uniforms, the Wolverines had to face top seed, Purdue University. In an exciting overtime thriller, the Wolverines defeated the Boilermakers 74 to 70.

Next, the Wolverines played number four seed, University of Minnesota. For the first time since the accident, the Wolverines appeared disjointed. Players were blaming each other for botched assignments and bad defense but Coach Beilein rallied his team together for an 84 to 77 win. If it wasn’t apparent to anyone at this point, Michigan came to D.C. to win the tournament just like Walton said.

Following three hard fought games, the Wolverines were now in the final against number two seed, University of Wisconsin.

They did not lose their momentum against the Badgers and won the Big Ten tournament with a score of 71 to 56.

After its whirlwind Big Ten win, next up for the Wolverines is the NCAA basketball tournament. As the number seven seed in the Midwest division, they will face Oklahoma State University.

Of course the Wolverines want to continue winning but to Beilein it’s not just about winning, it’s about teaching and mentorship.

He said, “Winning has never really been the thing that I really coached about…I wanted to be a teacher and a coach…and help be the mentor to people…That’s all I really wanted to do. That’s the real measure. If you get these championships that’s great stuff too but that’s not the measure of our success.”

Northwestern Shocks Michigan With Buzzerbeater

Written by Scott Gleeson at USAToday.com

What’s making history without a little drama?

“The greatest play in Northwestern history,” a passionate fan shouted, at center court with tears rolling down his eyes.

With 1.7 seconds left, Northwestern’s senior forward Nathan Taphorn threw a pinpoint pass the full length off the court to sophomore center Dererk Pardon, who made a game-winning lay-up as time expired to lift the Wildcats to a thrilling 67-65 victory over a red-hot Michigan team.

Jubilation was in full force for Northwestern fans after a win that more than likely secures an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, what would be the first ever trip in school history. It also gave the program its first winning record in the Big Ten Conference since 1967-68 and its first 10-win season in the Big Ten since 1932-33.

As fans stormed the court, there was a distraught and emotional head coach Chris Collins, in the midst of the mayhem, feeling like “Jimmy V in ’83.”

“I was looking around, I didn’t have anyone to hug. …I was looking for my family because it was a (pauses) special moment,” said Collins, choked up and emotional. “It was surreal the way it happened. It’s almost kind  of fitting when you’re trying to do something really hard. It takes exceptional things. …There’s always some luck involved. Guys got in the right spots. And Nate threw a great pass. Don’t the (Chicago) Bears need a quarterback.”

“This was just amazing for us and this program,” Pardon said. “I thought it was long, thought it was going out of bounds at first. When I caught it, I was like, ‘the rim is right there.’ We’ve never practiced that.”

Taphorn said of the highlight-reel play, drawn up by assistant coach Brian James, “I just had to put my trust in Derek. …My goal was to find him and give him the biggest hug ever.”

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