2020-21 Season

Video: Juwan Howard, Michigan players recap win over Maryland

Juwan Howard, Brandon Johns, Mike Smith and Isaiah Livers met with the media after Michigan’s 24-point win over Maryland.

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  1. umhoops

    He’s been way better as a passer. 2.3 assists is a huge uptick from him compared to the past.

  2. buckets12

    It’s definitely a nice improvement. But Franz, Eli, and Smith all made larger jumps in assists per game from last season to this one than Isaiah. Maybe I’m in the “people who take your playmaking for granted” category, but on a night when he scored a super-efficient 20 points on 8 shots and I was surprised all his questions were about how comfortable he is driving into traffic and kicking out (I still cringe when he passes up decent looks from three to drive into traffic).

    Also labeling Livers as a “4 assists a night” guy is straight out of the “Joey Hauser 6 assists per game” playbook.

  3. kturnup

    Definitely fair. Isaiah has douled his assist rate but its nowhere close to 3-4 a game. And it’s kind of like Dylan’s discussion with BQ on twitter last night. BQ suggested Livers try to get fouled more, Dylan said he should just shoot more since he’s good at that and not good at drawing fouls.

    When Isaiah makes a questionable drive we can now blame the Michigan media for gassing him up.

  4. ChathaM

    I love Isaiah’s answers; always very thoughtful and insightful. He gives more insight into how the game is played than some coaches are willing to give. In this one, he was highly complimentary of Brandon and Mike, and I’m sure both players would agree with everything he said about how they’ve developed; through the years in Brandon’s case and through the months in Mike’s case.

    I think Brandon’s comment about Isaiah doing what’s best for him “at the end of the day” was in the context of what’s going to happen at the end of the season (ie.- leave or stick around for another year).

  5. Mattski

    Some of us were complaining about what seemed like piling on against Davis last year, so it’s not like it’s a new topic on this board. And clearly, some of us have different demonstrated definitions of what’s acceptable in such commentary, as demonstrated over time. To some people a certain clinical criticism is just telling it like it is; to some of us longtime fans and M grads, it’s a little more about respecting players and school. To everyone’s immense credit, this board is mostly a polite place.

    I do think that the conversation is pretty much exhausted, but would love to hear someone ballsy enough approach Juwan with the criticism(s). Ater all, that’s what journalism is supposed to be about. I promise that this will be my last intervention on this subject. :slight_smile:

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