UPDATE: 1:55 p.m. Terps head coach Mark Turgeon, in response to some internet chatter about what he might have said to Juwan Howard to incite this incident, denies he made a comment about the banners having to come down from Howard’s time at Michigan as a member of the Final Four teams in 1992 and 1993.
Turgeon: "All I said is don't talk to me. Don't talk to me. Nothing about a banner."— Theo Mackie (@theo_mackie) March 12, 2021
Which is a shame because if it’s true it’s a tremendous dig.
No. 1 seed Michigan defeated No. 8 seed Maryland 79-66.
Michigan Wolverines head coach Juwan Howard has been ejected from today’s Maryland vs. Michigan Big Ten quarterfinal game in Indianapolis.
During the under-12 media timeout in the second half, Howard stormed to midcourt and had to be restrained to keep from getting into the Maryland bench. He seems to be going after Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon, who was given a technical as well. But only Howard was ejected, and Maryland made one of the two free throws on offer.
Here is the full sequence that led to Michigan head coach Juwan Howard being ejected during the last media timeout. pic.twitter.com/iN5H6ea6bc— Wes Brown (@W_Brown21) March 12, 2021
The Wolverines are now being coached by Michigan assistant and longtime St. Joe’s head coach Phil Martelli, who spent 24 years in charge on Hawk Hill.
Whatever was the cause of the argument between the two isn’t yet known, as the broadcasters aren’t located as close to the court as they would normally be due to COVID-19 protocols, and there was no sideline reporter close either.
But the technical appears to have fired up the Wolverines, as with 7:21 remaining UM took their largest lead of the game at 65-52.