Mayhem erupted after No. 15 Wisconsin took care of Michigan, 77-63, on Sunday in what began as an intense post-game handshake line exchange between Michigan coach Juwan Howard and Wisconsin coach Greg Gard quickly escalated to an all-out brawl that involved players and coaches from both teams.
Legendary broadcaster Dick Vitale watched it all unfold from home and was disgusted with what he saw.
Here’s his reaction:
“A pathetic scene after MICHIGAN gets beat by WISCONSIN,” Vitale tweeted. “Teams lineup for handshaking & Juwan Howard & Greg Gard have words basically I think over Gard calling a TIME OUT with 15 sec. Left . Still no excuse for punch thrown by Howard at Ass’t of Badgers .It was UGLY .”
The madness broke out shortly after the final horn when Gard stooped Howard from walking past him in the handshake line. Gard physically stopped Howard from moving past him and the two exchanged words before tensions rose in a hurry.
Howard pushed his finger into Gard’s face, which led to even more intense discussion, before Howard took a swing at Wisconsin assistant coach Joe Krabbenhoft and landed an open-hand strike.
All hell broke lose as players started throwing punches.
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