Juwan Howard used Draymond Green trash-talk video as motivational tactic before Michigan State game
Michigan coach Juwan Howard apparently used Draymond Green’s own words against him before the Wolverines thrashed Michigan State on Thursday night.
Green, a former Spartan, is widely known for his trash talking — and his interest in the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry.
“[Green] had a nice little video I wanted the guys to listen to,” Howard said after Michigan’s 69-50 victory. “I think they really enjoyed watching it and listening to the words that were said.”
The win clinched the regular season Big Ten championship for Michigan — and likely a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Howard declined to publicly share the video that he showed his team. However, Michigan guard Mike Smith discussed it in a bit more detail.
“Coach showed us a video of Draymond Green, he’s a big talker and he was just saying he wished we would never win a game ever,” Smith said. “And that just shows how competitive this matchup is. And for us to do this on our home court, and then get to celebrate senior night, and celebrate a Big Ten regular season championship and have family and friends out there and things like that, it was a blessing.”
Michigan and Michigan State will play each other again on Sunday in the Big Ten regular season Finale. The Big Ten Tournament begins on March 10.