Mark Turgeon addresses situation with Juwan Howard following Maryland's loss to Michigan
If you believe Mark Turgeon, Juwan Howard might have overreacted to what was said on the floor of Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday afternoon. That’s if you believe the Maryland head coach.
Howard was assessed a double technical foul in the second half of Friday’s quarterfinal game between Michigan and Maryland, ejected after charging the Maryland bench. After some jawing back and forth between the two sidelines, Howard charged Maryland’s bench and had to be restrained by officials and assistant coaches.
After the game, Turgeon was asked about the situation. He said that the intensity “has been going on for three games.” But when it comes to what was said, the Maryland head coach says he was pretty innocent in his message.
“Don’t talk to me,” Turgeon told reporters when asked what he said. “That’s all I said.”
"I stood up for my team. I stood up for me. . . . All I said is, 'Don't talk to me.'"
Mark Turgeon was asked about the mix-up between the two benches that led to Juwan Howard's ejection. pic.twitter.com/mvUcJVi26M
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Based on Howard’s reaction, it seems unlikely that it’s all that was said. Although perhaps Turgeon wasn’t the one who made the comment that sent the Michigan head coach over the edge.
Howard’s ejection did not hinder Michigan’s success. The Wolverines cruised to a 79-66 win over the Terrapins and will advance to play the Ohio State-Purdue winner in the semifinals on Saturday.