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Michigan basketball's David DeJulius trusts Juwan Howard — and it's paying off

Juwan Howard reacts after Michigan's 79-54 road win over Northwestern on Feb. 12, 2020. Detroit Free Press

EVANSTON, Ill. — With just under 13 minutes left in the first half of Wednesday night's game at Northwestern, Michigan basketball needed a spark.

It had taken the Wolverines nearly six minutes to score their first points. And then, while trailing 13-6 to the last-place Wildcats, senior point guard Zavier Simpson picked up an offensive foul — his second foul of the half.

Michigan's offense need to come alive on the road, and it would have to do so without Simpson, who sat on the bench for the rest of the opening half.