The State Of Michigan Basketball After Juwan Howard's First Year

Football season is up first but year two under Juwan Howard could be pretty exciting based on how year one went.

Juwan Howard impressed me during his first season as Michigan's head coach. He wasn't perfect as an in-game coach but he was better as a recruiter than even I thought he would be out of the gate.

He defeated Tom Izzo, won on the road at Purdue and ran through an early-season tournament with wins over North Carolina and Gonzaga. 

Of course, later in the season there were a couple of small losing streaks and ultimately a 10-10 record in the conference that resulted in a ninth-place Big Ten finish. That's not great, but the Big Ten was a monster and it was Howard's first season coaching a team ever.

Howard inked the No. 1 recruiting class in the Big Ten this year and will obviously try to improve on the ninth-place finish from last year. Can he do it? That's where the discussion is right now with the guys from the Blue by 90 podcast, Jack Scheel and Justin Roh.