The Michigan Wolverines finished off a Big Ten Championship season with a tough 51-49 loss to UCLA on Tuesday night, a disappointing end to what was a surprisingly great year for a team originally projected to finish sixth in the conference.

While the loss was unexpected and still stings for Michigan fans who have dealt with many disappointments in big games, the future remains bright for Juwan Howard’s program, as he is expected to pull in the #1 recruiting class in the nation next year, with six total recruits and more five-stars (two) than any other program in the nation according to 247 sports.

The game was well attended by Michigan fans despite the required social distancing, and Howard’s former teammate Jalen Rose even made an appearance, along with his daughter Mariah.

Rose was locked in during the final minutes of the game, pulling for a Michigan victory but also watching Coach Howard’s veteran squad fall short at the end.

Following the game, Rose took to Twitter to share a few of his thoughts on the outcome, as well as Michigan’s chances going forward.

Rose was succinct with his words in retweeting a post of him cheering on the maize and blue from Bleacher Report.

Despite the loss, Rose remained proud of his Wolverines, and commemorated the occasion with a retweet of he and his daughter Mariah at the game on Tuesday.

Jon Teske, Michigan’s star center from 2020 who was unfortunately not able to participate in his last NCAA Tournament due to its COVID cancellation, seemed excited during the game, tweeting about point guard Eli Brooks.

But later, he retweeted a post from Barstool Sports personality Big Cat, a cryptic message that read only one word following the Wolverines’ loss.

Former national title game hero Spike Albrecht also was active on his Twitter account, and pumped before the game.

But Albrecht grew frustrated with the Wolverines’ game plan and also Johnny Juzang of the UCLA Bruins, who was lighting up Michigan’s defense.



Tim McCormick, a former Michigan center and well known TV analyst, was stoic in his analysis of what was a ultimately a successful season for the Wolverines, who won the league title and got invaluable experience for Coach Howard and the young players in this year’s tournament.

Finally, Coach Howard had the following to say to all who supported him in his first season as Head Coach and offered comments on the game in the post-game press conference.