Michigan men’s basketball coach Juwan Howard was launched out halfway during that time half in the wake of getting into a shouting match with Maryland mentor Mark Turgeon in the Big Ten competition quarterfinals Friday in Indianapolis.
The fourth-ranked and top-seeded Wolverines progressed to the semifinals with a 79-66 triumph and will take on long-term rival No. 9 Ohio State in Saturday’s first semifinal game.
Howard said all he expected to do when he began strolling toward the benchmark during a media break was question a call.
Turgeon, in the mean time, said tensions were at that point intense between the groups after their two regular-season games, including a Dec. 31 meeting that featured four technical fouls (Michigan won 84-73).
As Howard strolled toward the baseline, Turgeon drew nearer and revealed to Howard not to address him, and a shouting match broke out. A strained circumstance immediately raised, emotions erupted and the two teams accumulated close midcourt, with authorities hurrying in to keep down each side.
The 6-foot-9 Howard must be limited, drew two technical fouls and was ejected with 10 minutes, 44 seconds left to play.
After the game, Howard apologized for his activities – and furthermore positioned fault on the other seat.
“That’s not how you handle things under adverse conditions,” he said before explaining his version of what happened.
“He said, ‘Juwan, I’m not going to let you talk to me. Don’t talk to me ever again,'” Howard said of Turgeon. “Then he charged at me. I don’t know how you were raised, but the way I was raised is when someone charges you, you defend yourself.”
Turgeon was required a specialized foul yet not catapulted.
“This has been going on for three games,” Turgeon said. “I’ve been doing this for 34 years and I’ve called the conference office, I’ve called the commissioner and I said, ‘I won’t take it the third game.’ So I stood up for myself and my team. All I said is, ‘Don’t talk to me, don’t talk to me.'”
Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren said the conference reviewed Friday’s occurrence and no further move will be made.
“Throughout my years here, Coach Turgeon has always fought for us,” Maryland guard Eric Ayala said. “In an incident like today, I guess it’s just two coaches competing. … As a player, it makes it fun for me to see my coach fired up like that. It makes me want to go out there and compete for him.”