2019-20 Season

The perspective in Juwan Howard’s first loss

Michigan lost a basketball game on Tuesday. It scored 43 points. It couldn’t get off the shots it wanted. When it did, they missed. And that meant an excellent defensive performance wasn’t enough.

This is something that happens sometimes. Not the end of the world, and especially not when it happens against the No. 1 team in the country, on their home floor. Two days after walking off the floor in Louisville with the momentum of three straight wins in the Bahamas having met reality, it’s clear that Juwan Howard will respond to moments like this with the perspective of someone who went through 19 82-game seasons as a player and six as an assistant coach.

“Yes, we did not like the outcome, but we saw that there are some areas that we could have been better at,” Howard said. “Throughout the game, unfortunately, the ball didn’t fall for us. The message is, you gotta keep grinding, keep forging ahead.”

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