Juwan Howard hinted at the possibility of a neutral-site conference game for Michigan in the 2023-24 season.

During Monday’s radio show, Howard revealed Michigan is working with Penn State to potentially play one of next season’s games at The Palestra in Philadelphia. The Nittany Lions have played a select group of conference games at the iconic games, most recently playing Purdue there in January.

Howard also touched on what kind of impact that game would mean for Michigan assistant Phil Martelli. The associate head coach for Howard since 2019, Martelli coached at Saint Joseph’s in Philadelphia from 1985-2019.

Martelli was the head coach of the Hawks from 1995-2019 and went 444-328 overall as a head coach with 7 NCAA Tournament appearances. “For Coach Martelli — he deserves it,” Howard said. “He really deserves it.” 

As for this season, the Wolverines have struggled after advancing to the Sweet 16 a year ago. Michigan is just 13-10 overall (7-5 in B1G play) and needs to really turn things on down the stretch to have any hopes of playing in March Madness.