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Juwan Howard delivers message to Michigan fans, supporters following conclusion of season

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“We walk tall. We walk proudly. We walk TOGETHER.”

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The Michigan Wolverines men’s basketball team will be remembered for what they were able to accomplish through adversity in the 2020-21 season, but the season ended abruptly with a thud in Tuesday night’s loss to UCLA in the Elite Eight.

Still, there is a vibe of gratefulness coming from the program in the hours after the loss.

Michigan won a regular season Big Ten championship and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament in the second season with Juwan Howard at the helm. The Wolverines dealt with a COVID-related shut-down for three weeks they had nothing to do with and countless other hurdles throughout the year but stayed focused and fought throughout.

Howard shared a message to Michigan fans and supporters of the program on Wednesday as the team removes itself from the loss to the Bruins.

“From the bottom of my heart I wanted to send love to EVERYONE who supported us this season.

There will be lifelong memories FOREVER. There were lessons learned and growth on & away from the court, for even me.

We cherish each one.

I love each of these young men who committed & worked so hard to reach our goals. They stayed connected, committed & diligent. We were close but we don’t hang our heads down.

We walk tall.

We walk proudly.

We walk TOGETHER.

Until next time.

Go Blue

#ForCompetitorsOnly”

Howard finishes his second season on the job in Ann Arbor with a 42-17 record coming off of a 23-5 mark this past season. A strong foundation has been laid for Michigan to sustain his early success with the No. 1 recruiting class in the country set to come ahead of next season.