Originally posted on The Dagger  |  Last updated 12/7/11
Thanks to a pair of memorable victories separated by a mere 72 hours, Marquette has shed the label of second-tier Big East team and joined UConn, Syracuse and Louisville as conference contenders. The transformation began Saturday when Marquette won at rival Wisconsin to snap the Badgers' 23-game home win streak. Then in a fast-paced, highly entertaining matchup on Tuesday night, the Golden Eagles survived an upset bid from a Washington team boasting enough perimeter talent to challenge almost anyone in the nation when at its best. What enabled Marquette to eke out a 79-77 victory was the way it responded to Terrence Ross sinking the go-ahead contested jump shot for the Huskies with 19 seconds remaining. Instead of calling timeout to discuss strategy, Vander Blue found Jae Crowder spotted up in the corner for a go-ahead three-pointer with 6.3 seconds left, then the Golden Eagles walled off Abdul Gaddy from the rim on the game's final play to preserve the win. Gaddy's final shot fail...
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