Michigan's Juwan Howard only B1G coach up for national award
Michigan head coach Juwan Howard is the only one from the B1G remaining on the list for the Naismith Coach of the Year award. A group of finalists was released on Wednesday.
Howard, along with Mark Few (Gonzaga), Nate Oats (Alabama) and Scott Drew (Baylor), are the four finalists for the Naismith Coach of the Year honor. Michigan, Gonzaga and Baylor are all No. 1 seeds in this year’s NCAA Tournament and Alabama is a No. 2 seed.
The recognition for Howard comes after he led Michigan to a 20-4 record during the season. The Wolverines were the outright B1G regular season champions after finishing with a 14-3 mark in conference play. Michigan also reached the semifinal round of the B1G Tournament and fell one point shy of beating Ohio State, despite being without second-leading scorer Isaiah Livers.
Naismith Coach of the Year Finalists, per release:
Mark Few (Gonzaga)
Scott Drew (Baylor)
Juwan Howard (Michigan)
Nate Oats (Alabama)
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Howard’s accomplishments come in just his second season as the head coach in Ann Arbor. He was hired before the 2019-20 season.
Howard was named the B1G Coach of the Year following the regular season.