A heated exchange of words between Michigan coach Juwan Howard and Maryland coach Mark Turgeon resulted in Howard being ejected from Friday's Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal. The dust-up, which required the coaches to be separated by game officials as well as team assistants and players, came at the under-12 timeout during the second half of Friday's 79-66 win by the Wolverines. Turgeon was issued a technical foul while Howard received a double technical before he was booted from the game as a result of the kerfuffle.
It's not clear what started the exchange, but in the video below from the Big Ten Network, Howard can be seen approaching the Maryland bench, at which point a shouting match begins between him and Turgeon. The argument occurred during a timeout while the broadcast was in a commercial break.
Following the game, neither coach provided many details as to what was said between them.
Juwan Howard starts his postgame press conference by once again apologizing to his team for losing control of his emotions. Adds that he was trying to argue a call with the ref and Turgeon told him “Juwan I’m not going to let you talk to me! You don’t talk to me ever again!”— Jamal Spencer (@JamalSpencerTV) March 12, 2021
Juwan adds “And he charged at me. I was raised by Chicago and when you’re charged, you defend yourself. Especially when a grown man charges at you.”— Jamal Spencer (@JamalSpencerTV) March 12, 2021
"This has been going on for three games," Turgeon said, referencing the two regular-season matchups against the Wolverines, both of which were losses. "I've been doing this for 34 years. I've called the conference office -- the commissioner -- about what transpired first two games. I wasn't going to take it the third game. i stood up for the team and for me. All I said was 'don't talk to me.'"
"The league is well aware of what transpired the first two games. They'll handle it from there," Turgeon continued. "I was as professional as I could be in the moment. I stood up for myself and my program and it escalated."
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Maryland, the No. 8 seed in the Big Ten tourney, got off to a great start and at one point led by 12 points over the top-seeded Wolverines with just under five minutes remaining in the first half. But then Michigan went on a 16-2 run in the final minutes to take a 40-38 lead into halftime.
The game was defined by a series of runs by each team with the Wolverines pulling away in the final minutes to win comfortably. Michigan will now play the winner of Ohio State and Purdue in the Big Ten semis on Saturday.