After Wisconsin routed its team, 77-63, Sunday afternoon, Michigan Coach Juwan Howard slapped Joe Krabbenhoft, a Wisconsin assistant coach, in the head during the post-game handshake, resulted in a brawl between the two teams.
Howard, a former assistant coach with the Miami Heat and a member of Michigan’s famous Fab Five recruiting class in the early 1990s, didn’t join the handshake at first but later arrived late. Wisconsin coach Greg Gard first appeared with his left hand grabbing Howard’s right elbow to stop him so they could talk.
Howard then appears to pull on Gard’s shirt, points his index finger at Gard’s face, and begins a heated discussion with Gard. As the coaches were separated by police officers, assistant coaches and players, Howard delivered a slap with his right hand to Krabbenhoft’s head. Players from both teams then started shoving and shoving each other.
Howard may be suspended for “no more than two competitions” and fined up to $10,000, according to the Big Ten and Michigan Conference Athletics Policy or the conference’s Group Executive Committee may choose to apply use additional penalties. The Big Ten said in a statement that they were aware of the incident.
“The conference is in contact with both member organizations and is currently evaluating the matter,” the statement said. “The conference will provide additional information and will take prompt and appropriate disciplinary action upon completion of the review.”
Gard said in a television interview that Howard was upset with the timeout that Gard called with 15 seconds remaining and Wisconsin up 15 points. Michigan is hitting Wisconsin backups when he calls timeout.
“Obviously, he didn’t like the fact that I called the 10-second timeout to reset the call,” Gard told CBS. “We only had four seconds to get the ball across the half-court and I didn’t want to spare – I had all my men on my bench in the game – I didn’t want to put them in a position of contention. stop. four seconds, so I timed out and we had a new 10 and it helped them get organized to put the ball in. “
He added: “He doesn’t like it when he walks through the handshake line. I’ll leave it at that and the tape will show the rest. ”
Howard said he objected to Gard starting contact on the handshake line.
“Well, I basically told the head coach that I was going to remember that because of that waiting time, and let someone touch me, and I think it was very difficult for him to touch me when We are talking and communicating with each other. ,” Howard told reporters. “So that’s what finally happened and that’s what escalated it.”
Johnny Davis scored 25 points for 15 Wisconsin (21-5, 12-4 Big Ten), competing with No. 5 Purdue and No. 12 Illinois for the convention title.
Michigan (14-11, 8-7) is still on the bubble for the NCAA. The Wolverines were highly ranked at 4th at the start of the season but have not been in the top 25 since an Associated Press poll on Nov.
A year ago, Michigan won the regular-season Big Ten title and lost to UCLA in the 8th round in the NCAA tournament.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/20/sports/ncaabasketball/michigan-wisconsin-fight-juwan-howard.html Michigan vs Wisconsin game ends with alternation in handshake line