The Volunteers have stopped dancing, and the emotions that accompany this understanding hit some of them more quickly than others.
No. 3 (third place) In the period of six days, Tennessee went from winning the SEC title to falling to No. 11 Michigan in the second round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, all in the same season.
Even though Michigan coach Juwan Howard was not present to console freshman guard Kennedy Chandler, who had 19 points, nine assists, and four rebounds in Saturday’s 76-68 loss, he was comforted by at least one other person: his teammates and teammates’ teammates.
During a time when he might have been partying with the rest of the Wolverines, he instead chose to hug the young emerging star.
In postgraduate interviews, Chandler spoke on the experience, stating, “He’s a terrific coach, I adore him, and he urged me to keep my head up and that I played my heart out.”
As a fourth-grader, the guard began playing basketball with Jett Howard, the son of Michigan’s head coach, and other Michigan players.
Going into Saturday’s game, the Volunteers were favored by seven points, but Michigan completely outclassed the SEC club, hitting 50 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from three-point range. They had a 60-54 lead against Michigan with 8:27 left to play before being outscored 22-8 during the last eight minutes of the game.
Afterward, Michigan will face the winner of No. 7 Ohio State vs No. 2 Villanova in the Sweet 16 of the College Football Playoff.
Juwan Howard and Chris Webber celebrate after Michigan’s win 🕺
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