Juwan Howard taking heat from Michigan fans after Wolverines bow out of B1G Tournament
Juwan Howard received heavy criticism following Michigan’s 62-50 loss to Rutgers in the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday afternoon.
The defeat almost certainly means that Michigan will not be invited to the NCAA Tournament. The Wolverines finished the year with a 17-15 record and are just 3-12 against Quad 1 opposition. They also have a Quad 4 loss on their résumé (Central Michigan).
It’s a disappointing result for a Michigan team that has so much talent. Freshman forward Jett Howard is expected to be a 1st round pick in the 2023 NBA Draft. Players like Hunter Dickinson and Kobe Bufkin could also have professional opportunities following this season.
Michigan ended the year with 3 straight losses vs. Quad 1 opposition. Two of those games, vs. Illinois and Indiana, ended in overtime defeats.
The Wolverines entered Thursday’s game vs. the Scarlet Knights with a chance to do play its way into the NCAA Tournament. However, Michigan’s offense sputtered in the 2nd half and managed just 22 points after the break. Several of those points came long after the outcome had already been decided.
After the game, Michigan fans took to Twitter to criticize Howard after the team fell short of expectations this season. Here’s the best of that reaction:
it’s safe to say juwan howard is no john beilein
— Jer (@jer824) March 9, 2023
Juwan Howard slaps other coaches, cannot coach close games, and has made michigan basketball consistently underperform based on talent. His ncaa tournament success is ok and because of that has one more season imo
— Mason Buccilla (@masonbuccilla4) March 9, 2023
I don't wanna be that guy, but I have to be. Juwan Howard needs to be elsewhere, because he's shown to not be a good HC.
— Small Change Willie from Philly (@S_D_Brown1218) March 9, 2023
Georgetown head coach Juwan Howard? https://t.co/1xmYLQF9Lw
— Lorenzo Cortes (@Hoyatexas) March 9, 2023
Juwan Howard is cooked
— Lexus Andretti (@Lex_Wayne) March 9, 2023
3 more years of @JuwanHoward — who’s hyped? pic.twitter.com/EDQOVVNg9U
— travis (@iTravisWade) March 9, 2023
Juwan Howard should be on the hot seat going into next season. This season was just such a huge disappointment.
— Jordan Poole Stan (@jmoneylai4) March 9, 2023
Glad this abomination of a season is DONE
Went out the WORTHLESS BUMS they are
It's better this way
Get Juwan Howard off this sideline and bring back Coach Beilein
— MattC (@MattC2334) March 9, 2023
It’s beyond time to open the discussion on just how bad of a coach Juwan Howard is. https://t.co/hBITH8lT0d
— Dominic Senska (@Senska11) March 9, 2023
John Beilein’s last two seasons: 63-15
Juwan Howard’s last two seasons: 36-30
— MGo (@MJoeBean) March 9, 2023
Juwan Howard should be fired, but this is Michigan. So congrats on the extension! https://t.co/90qf22ZYZm
— austin (@MacQueen516) March 9, 2023
Thinking about how Juwan Howard kept his job after losing to CMU at home today. No reason in particular whatsoever.
— Brandon Fitz (@broncofitz) March 9, 2023
Don't count on Juwan Howard being at Michigan next season. I'm almost positive … HE GONE.
— Doug Griffiths (@DougGriffMAX983) March 9, 2023
Juwan Howard can't have another season similar to this season next year. Michigan is too good of a University to have poor coaching like this. He definitely will be on the Hot Seat next year. #Michigan #BIgTenTournament
— Jeremy 🏈🏀⚾️ (@AUtigerman1993) March 9, 2023
In the three Big Ten Tournaments that Juwan Howard has coached, Michigan has won one game.
— Brock Heilig (@brockheilig) March 9, 2023