DETROIT — At first glance, the final score of the Michigan men’s basketball team’s 87-54 exhibition win over Wayne State suggests there may not be much room for improvement.
Juwan Howard would disagree.
Watching from the bench as his Wolverines surrendered 17 offensive rebounds, Howard repeatedly shook his head. Despite a massive physical advantage over the Division II Warriors, Michigan found itself routinely losing out on 50-50 balls and tipped balls off the glass.
“That cannot happen,” Howard said. “We cannot have a recipe of giving up that many offensive rebounds in any league, whether that’s non-conference or Big Ten.”
Sitting in the postgame locker room with his arms folded across his chest, Howard didn’t hesitate to express displeasure with the Wolverines’ performance on the glass. They ultimately won the rebounding battle, 51-39, but grabbed just 10 offensive boards compared to Wayne State’s 17.
In Howard’s mind, keeping teams off the glass boils down …