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Let's Remember Why The 2011-12 Season Was Great

Not included on this list: Jamil Wilson's impressive 44 blocks.
Not included on this list: Jamil Wilson's impressive 44 blocks.

No one's going to try to say that a loss to 7 seeded Florida wasn't a disappointing end to the 2011-12 Marquette basketball season. But we got to watch some great things along the way. Now that we've put a little bit of distance (and therefore perspective) between us and the season, let's take a look back at the great things we got to see over the past 5 months.

  • Marquette's 27 wins are the most since the 2002-03 season and the second most in program history, surpassed only by the 28-1 campaign led by Al McGuire in 1970-71.
  • The 14 conference wins are the most wins Marquette has earned in a season since joining the Big East.
  • By defeating Murray State, Marquette advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament for the 15th time in program history. It's the first time that Marquette has been to consecutive Sweet 16s since the 1975-76 & 1976-77 seasons.
  • Jae Crowder became the third player in Marquette history to earn conference Player Of The Year honors, joining Jim McIlvaine and Dwyane Wade.
  • Crowder became the fifth Marquette player to score 1,000 points in just two seasons. The other 4 are George Thompson, Dean Meminger, Dwyane Wade, and Darius Johnson-Odom.
  • Crowder also became the first player in Marquette history to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds in two seasons. Of the previous 4 players to score 1,000 points in two seasons, only Thompson managed over 500 rebounds for his career.
  • With 14 points in his career finale, Darius Johnson-Odom moved past Damon Key for 11th place on the all time scoring list. DJO finishes with 1,649 points, 2 more than Key and 14 points short of Bo Ellis and 10th place.
  • Jae Crowder scored 15 points in his career finale to finish tied with Scott Merritt for 37th best in Marquette history at 1,049 points.
  • Both DJO and Crowder finished the season in the top 10 of the single season scoring records. DJO finished with the 7th best season ever at 623 points and Crowder had the 9th best season at 614 points.
  • DJO had one of the ten best three point shooting seasons in Marquette history. He finishes with 77 made three pointers (6th best) on 200 attempts (tied for 4th best with Travis Diener in 2003-04).
  • Junior Cadougan finished tied with Lloyd Walton's 1975-76 campaign with 183 assists and the ninth best assists season in program history.
  • And finally: Jae Crowder finished just one steal short of tying Michael Wilson's all time single season steals record of 89 thefts set in 1980-81.