2021-22 Season

After deflating loss, Michigan balances the reality of a bubble team

After a night’s worth of frustration, Juwan Howard finally had enough. 

He pulled his mask down and stalked onto the court, shadowing a referee. Hunter Dickinson had just been whistled for an illegal screen with 39.6 seconds to play in a game that skidded towards an unceremonious ending — one that the foul had no impact on. 

But for Howard, the moment served as the cherry on top of a deflating, disheartening evening for Michigan. Just as the Wolverines seemed to have at last steered their underperforming season back on track. Ohio State handed them an 11-point loss. 

“I really commend our young men for keeping it level-headed,” Howard said. “Unfortunately, their coach didn’t keep it level-headed. I got a little frustrated at the end.”

Howard’s press conference struck a juxtaposed tone, vacillating between frustration and optimism. 

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