Crowder's breakthrough season powers Marquette

By Nancy Armour

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, March 14 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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.

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.

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