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Where Does Michigan Basketball Go After Win Over MSU?

Where to now for the Michigan Wolverines?

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Feb 18, 2023; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Michigan Wolverines center Hunter Dickinson (1) celebrates after a three point basket against the Michigan State Spartans in the second half at Crisler Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

On Saturday, the Michigan Wolverines (15-12, 9-7 Big Ten) defeated the Michigan State Spartans (16-10, 8-7 Big Ten) in an emotional night at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, MI. The game was the Spartans’ first time taking the court since tragedy struck the MSU campus on Monday of last week. After picking up at 12-point quadrant two victory, where does Michigan basketball go from here?

Where Does Michigan Basketball Go Now?

The Michigan Wolverines have four games remaining on their 2022-23 regular-season slate — three of these games are quadrant one matchups. The only non-Q1 game that the Wolverines will play is a home matchup against the Wisconsin Badgers, who recently defeated Michigan in Maddison. Up next, the Wolverines will face Rutgers (17-10, 9-7 Big Ten) in New Jersey before returning home for their final home game of the year.

After the Rutgers and Wisconsin games, the Michigan Wolverines will finish the season against two quad one opponents on the road — first, Michigan will play at Illinois, and then end the year at Indiana. As things stand right now, the Michigan Wolverines are in a four-way tie for fourth-place in the Big Ten with Maryland, Iowa, and Rutgers.

Things To Keep In Mind For The Wolverines

On Saturday, Michigan star freshman guard Jett Howard went down with an ankle injury — his second ankle issue of the season. Here is what his father, head coach Juwan Howard, had to say about his injury after the game: “I haven’t heard anything yet. Just praying, we need him, need a healthy Jett.” The loss of Jett Howard could make-or-break the Wolverines ever-dwindling NCAA tournament hopes.

As of today, Michigan’s record in quad one games has dropped to 2-9 — the Ohio State Buckeyes are no longer a quad one home win. This means that pulling off a few upsets over the remaining four games will be critical for the Wolverines’ resume.

Another key factor to keep in mind is the Wolverines’ quad four loss to Central Michigan earlier this season, which is a massive blemish on Michigan’s tournament resume right now. Honestly, even if Michigan basketball is to win out, I am not sure that a 19-12 record would be enough, though I would be happy to be wrong about that. At this point, it’s looking like UM will need to grab a few more regular-season wins and then make noise in the Big Ten Tournament in order to go dancing in March. Additionally, the Wolverines could also just win the Big Ten Tournament and earn the automatic bid that way.

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BREAKING: Juwan Howard has surgery, Martelli to assume interim coach role

BREAKING: Michigan basketball head coach Juwan Howard has successful surgery. Phil Martelli to take over as interim head coach.

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Mar 5, 2023; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Juwan Howard in the first half against the Indiana Hoosiers at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Today, news broke that Michigan basketball head coach Juwan Howard, who is entering his fourth season at the helm in Ann Arbor, had open heart surgery over the offseason. With Howard recovering, long-time assistant Phil Martelli is slated to be the Wolverines’ interim head coach to open the 2023-24 season, which is fast approaching.

Michigan basketball coach Juwan Howard has heart surgery, Phil Martelli to serve as interim coach

The 2023-24 Michigan basketball season will look a little different later this year, as Phil Martelli will be stepping in as interim head coach. Today, it was confirmed that Juwan Howard — the team’s full-time head coach — is recovering from heart surgery right now.

“I feel so grateful and blessed that this surgery was performed at University of Michigan Health,” said Howard in a statement. “My wife, Jenine, and our family appreciate the world-class care that has been provided to us. Dr. (Kim) Eagle, Dr. (Himanshu) Patel, Dr. (Stanley) Chetcuti, and all of the staff at the Frankel Cardiovascular Center are so talented and performed like champions throughout this process. I am going to work very hard in my rehabilitation to be stronger than ever by the time our upcoming season is upon us.”

Michigan Athletic Director Warde Manuel added the following:

“We are extremely grateful Juwan’s proactive procedure was a success and that he is resting comfortably,” said Warde Manuel. “We will continue to support Juwan, Jenine and his family as well as the program throughout his absence. All of us at the athletic department have Juwan in our thoughts and prayers. We look forward to Juwan’s return when he feels that he has fully recovered.”

It is expected that Juwan Howard will return to the court as head coach for Michigan basketball later in the season.



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Elite Michigan basketball target will be in Ann Arbor tomorrow

Tomorrow, an elite Michigan basketball target (2024 recruiting class) will be in Ann Arbor for his first-ever visit with the Wolverines.

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Juwan Howard and his Wolverines will be hosting Patrick Ngongba, an elite Michigan basketball target in the 2024 recruiting class, shortly. Ngongba, the No. 1 recruit in Virginia, has the Maize and Blue among his finalists and will be making the trip to Ann Arbor tomorrow (September 8th).

Elite Michigan basketball target about to be in Ann Arbor

While the 2023 Michigan Wolverines football season is now in full swing and has the attention of the entire fanbase, it’s worth noting that Juwan Howard and the Maize and Blue are hot on the recruiting trail in the 2024 recruiting class and beyond. After a tough 2022-23 season, Howard needs some good news to right the ship in Ann Arbor — tomorrow, he will have a massive opportunity to get one step closer to landing an elite recruit.

Patrick Ngongba is the No. 1 recruit in Virginia (for the 2024 recruiting class) and is an elite Michigan basketball target. The 6-foot-10, 235-pound center is an ESPN five-star prospect and is ranked among the top 30 players in the country in the composite rankings. So far, Juwan Howard has landed two prospects in the 2024 cycle, neither of which is rated anywhere close to Patrick Ngongba in the composite standings.

Can Juwan Howard land Patrick Ngongba in the 2024 recruiting class?

For the time being, Michigan basketball appears to be on the outside looking in ahead of Patrick Ngongba’s visit tomorrow — Duke and Kansas State currently have the best odds of landing him, per the Recruiting Prediction Machine. That said, Juwan Howard is a solid recruiter, and a visit to Ann Arbor, MI, ahead of a football game weekend could be a difference-maker for the Wolverines down the stretch.

According to the On3 visit tracker, tomorrow will be the first time that Michigan basketball gets the No. 1 recruit in Virginia on campus. This further showcases how important the visit will be for the Wolverines if Juwan Howard expects to have a shot against some of the other major programs vying for his commitment.

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Michigan basketball recruiting will host No. 1 point guard in September

Michigan basketball recruiting will host the No. 1 point guard of the 2025 class for an official visit.

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Michigan basketball is coming off of its most disappointing season of the Juwan Howard era. After missing the national tournament for the first time since taking over as head coach, Howard is already looking ahead to the future to right the ship for the Wolverines. Recently, Joe Tipton of On3 Sports announced that Darius Acuff — currently the No. 1 point guard of the 2025 recruiting class — will visit Ann Arbor in early September.

Michigan basketball recruiting will host official visit for No. 1 point guard Darius Acuff

Michigan basketball has a huge opportunity to lock down an elite prospect this September. Acuff’s official Ann Arbor visit will reportedly last from September 1-3.

Acuff is among the nation’s best and currently holds the No. 1 On3 industry ranking among point guards in the 2025 class. Across all positions, the six-foot point guard is the No. 9 industry-ranked player in the country.

Acuff is originally from Detroit, MI and played basketball at Cass Tech before recently transferring to IMG Academy in Florida. Michigan basketball currently holds the lead on Acuff’s recruitment on On3’s recruiting prediction machine with a 45.4 percent chance. Also in contention for Acuff’s recruitment are Kentucky, Michigan State, and Ohio State.

While Michigan basketball lost lots of talent this offseason, the recruiting game has been heating up as well. Landing a top-tier talent like Acuff could be just what the Wolverines need to build their recruiting momentum.



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