Michigan’s Fab Five were known for being among the most controversial basketball teams of all-time, loved and hated by many in large part because of their trash talk and bold approach on the court.

Among the revolutionary Michigan starting five was Juwan Howard, a brash yet disciplined young power forward from the Chicago, Illinois area who was seen as the more calm counterpart to his frontcourt mate Chris Webber at the university.

While Howard mostly lived up to this reputation in college, typically preferring to express his emotions through his signature form of youthful exuberance, he also has been an intense competitor from the day he stepped foot on campus in Ann Arbor.

Now, with his Wolverines firmly on the NCAA bubble at 14-11 despite a big win over fifth-ranked Purdue recently, Howard has found himself back in the national news headlines after an incident involving Wisconsin Head Coach Greg Gard and the fifteenth-ranked Badgers in Madison.

Howard Throws Strike at Wisconsin Assistant Coach


The Wolverines, firmly on the NCAA bubble, dropped today’s contest to the fifteenth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers in Madison, after which Howard seemed upset by Badgers Head Coach Greg Gard’s reaction.

Following an interaction between the two major college coaches, Howard appears to point aggressively in Gard’s face before throwing what was deemed to be a punch, but appears more like a slap on further review, in the direction of a Wisconsin assistant, as shown in the video below.

A scrum later breaks out between the two teams involving both players and coaches:


After the game commentator Dick Vitale, who is currently battling lymphoma, his second cancer diagnosis in recent months, had the following to say.

Longtime college hoops analyst Andy Katz also weighed in, as did long time NBA players J.J. Redick, Rex Chapman, former Detroit Lions football center Damien Woody and several others.




Following the incident, Gard spoke to the media, saying that he believed Howard did not like his timeout call late in the game with the Badgers comfortably winning.

According to well known sports personality Big Cat from Barstool Sports, the man Howard went after is Joe Krabbenhoft, a “Badger Legend” who has “never done anything wrong in his life.” ‘

Howard addressed what “escalated” the incident in a post-game press conference posted by Bleacher Report.