Hoop dreams and dreamers
With head coaches Juwan Howard and Kim Barnes Arico as their leaders, talented Michigan athletes gave it their all this season to bring joy back to the fans of college basketball. All images can be found in galleries at mgoblue.com.
Men’s Basketball Head Coach Juwan Howard is taking the No. 1 seed Michigan to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 after besting No. 8 seed LSU in the second round. U-M posted back-to-back 80+ games with 82 against Texas Southern and 86 versus LSU. (Read how Michigan got here.)
— Elite Eight Update — The Wolverines saw their 2020-21 season come to a close as it fell 51-49 to No. 11-seeded UCLA in an Elite Eight contest at Lucas Oil Stadium on 3/30/21. Thanks for a terrific season!
Juwan Howard played Wolverine basketball from 1991-94. In what is considered the greatest Michigan and college basketball recruiting class of all time, Howard — along with Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson — were dubbed the Fab Five and helped lead U-M to back-to-back Final Four appearances in 1992 and 1993. (Read more.)
Playing it forward
A two-time All-American (1993, 1994), Juwan Howard started 97 of his 100 collegiate games. A three-time All-Big Ten honoree, including a unanimous first team selection in 1994, he was regarded as one of the best defensive big men in the country. In three NCAA Tournament appearances, Howard was named to two All-Tournament teams, at the 1993 NCAA West Regional and the 1994 NCAA Midwest Regional. (Read more.)
Juwan Howard closed his U-M career with 1,500 points (1,526; 15.3 ppg) and 700 rebounds (745; 7.5 rpg), one of just seven Michigan players to reach both marks, along with Rudy Tomjanovich, Bill Buntin, Roy Tarpley, Glen Rice, LaVall Blanchard, and DeShawn Sims. He ranks 20th all-time in scoring and 11th in rebounding for the Wolverines. And, as if no time has passed, here he is in 2021, celebrating yet another sweet Big Ten victory.
All the way
Prior to coaching, Juwan Howard spent 19 years playing in the NBA, winning back-to-back NBA championships with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013 while playing with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. (Read more.)
This former NBA star has undeniable rapport with his players. “Coach Howard just puts a smile on your face. The minute you see him, you light up,” says Kim Barnes Arico, head coach of Women’s Basketball.
Women’s Basketball Head Coach Kim Barnes Arico is making her eighth appearance in the NCAA Tournament this March, with the first four coming at St. John’s (2006, ’10, ’11, ’12). She is 8-7 all-time in the tournament and reached the Sweet 16 in 2012. KBA has led Michigan to the second round in all three prior appearances (2013, ’18, ’19), tying its best tournament performance.
Kim Barnes Arico is the only coach in program history to guide the Wolverines to four NCAA Tournament appearances. No. 6-seeded Michigan faces Baylor in the River Walk Regional semifinal round at 3 p.m. today — Saturday, March 27, on ABC. (Read more on how the women got here.)
— Sweet Sixteen Update — Michigan’s women delivered a thrilling, heartstopping performance for the ages, but Baylor clutched the win in overtime. Thanks for a great season, Wolverines!
First things first
It has been a season of firsts for Kim Barnes Arico’s Wolverines: highest ranking in program history (No. 11), first 10-0 start, first 50-point game (Naz Hillmon Jan. 21 at Ohio State), and first NCAA Sweet 16 appearance and highest seed in program history at No. 6. (More highlights from the season.)
U-M is making its ninth NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. The Wolverines are 5-3 in the tourney under Kim Barnes Arico, winning at least one game in all four appearances with her. “I’ve been fortunate to have coached some really special, special young women in my time as a coach,” KBA said on Michigan Today’s podcast, “Listen in Michigan.” This shot from the team’s Instagram account shows the women updating their bracket.
In January, forward Naz Hillmon (far left) became the first player in Michigan history — man or woman — to record a 50-point game. Meanwhile, Hillmon was named the Big Ten Conference women’s basketball Player of the Year by the coaches and media recently, becoming just the second player in Big Ten history to earn Freshman, Sixth Player, and Player of the Year honors in a career. (See more highlights from the season.)