Coaches Clash at Conclusion of Wisconsin/Michigan Game

Two Big Ten basketball powerhouses broke out in a brawl following no. 15 Wisconsin’s 77-63 win against Michigan over the weekend.

During the post-game handshake line, Michigan head coach Juwan Howard and Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard had an exchange that quickly escalated as both team’s assistant coaches and players got in on the action.

A report from outlined all of the action in detail. Below is an excerpt from that article.

The madness broke out shortly after the final horn when Gard confronted Howard, who appeared to be slow to enter the handshake line, just near the scorer’s table. Gard physically stopped Howard from moving past him and the two exchanged words before tensions rose in a hurry.

Howard pushed his finger into Gard’s face, which led to an even more intense discussion before Howard took a swing at Wisconsin assistant coach Joe Krabbenhoft and landed an open-hand strike. Things quickly escalated from there with players getting into a brawl.

Michigan was pressing full-court late in the game which led Gard, whose Badgers were up 76-61 with only 15 seconds left in the game, to call a timeout. It seems that decision bothered Howard, which ultimately led to the tension postgame.