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John Bazemore, Associated Press
Marquette forward Jae Crowder (32) watches his reflection in the floor as he practices shooting free throws during basketball practice in Louisville, Ky. Wednesday, March 14, 2012. Marquette plays BYU in a West Regional NCAA tournament second-round college basketball game on Thursday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Jae Crowder hadn't spent much time around snow before.

Safe to say, had he paid a visit to Marquette before he committed, he might be in a very different place this week.

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The Big East player of the year, Crowder has been the catalyst for Marquette's best season since Dwyane Wade took the Golden Eagles to the Final Four in 2003. Marquette is 25-7 going into Thursday's second-round game against BYU, and its No. 3 seed matches the school record.

Coach Buzz Williams says it's "hard to quantify" what Crowder has meant to Marquette. But look at Marquette's record the last two years and Williams says he doesn't know if the Golden Eagles could have won "any" of them without the senior.