The Wolverine

February 2022

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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40 THE WOLVERINE FEBRUARY 2022 BY JOHN BORTON J uwan Howard's crew found a way to avoid extending its Big Ten los- ing streak during the first week of January. It definitely wasn't how the Wolverines envisioned doing so. Instead of a dramatic turnaround in a home victory over Michigan State Jan. 8, followed by a road win at Purdue Jan. 11, the Wolverines watched their sea- son get put on hold. COVID protocols left U-M's season suspended at 7-6, 1-2 in the conference, those two contests postponed. The Big Ten insists that no squad fall below a roster minimum of seven schol- arship players available for any given contest, along with at least one coach. The Wolverines fell below that number for both the MSU and Purdue games. The enforced inaction drove frustration a year ago, while the Wolverines steamed toward a Big Ten title and a deep run in the NCAA Tournament. The quiet part, this time around, involves the potentially merciful aspect of the postponements for a team struggling to right the ship. BUZZSAWS, THEN A PAUSE Michigan Basketball Runs Aground In Early Going Juwan Howard, with forward Terrance Williams II, has watched his squad deal with high preseason expectations and a COVID-depleted roster during a surprising 8-7 start to the 2021-22 season. PHOTO BY LON HORWEDEL

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