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Marquette’s run ends, but senior stars show worth

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MILWAUKEE — It's hard to imagine that anybody would have pointed to Jae Crowder or Darius Johnson-Odom four years ago as the types of players that a major college basketball program would lean on during its run to the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament.

Marquette bowed out with a 68-58 loss to Florida on Thursday night, a disappointing end to an impressive season led by a pair of players with humble roots. Crowder became the Big East player of the year and fellow senior Johnson-Odom was just as important to the Golden Eagles. Both came to Marquette as junior college transfers.

Marquette coach Buzz Williams comes from similar humble roots, but now may attract another wave of interest from other programs. Williams signed a new contract with Marquette a year ago.