Q&A with Marquette's Jae Crowder

Marquette forward Jae Crowder talks with reporters in Louisville, Ky., on Friday. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 6:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 6:22 p.m.

Five questions with Marquette senior forward Jae Crowder.

Q: Being from Villa Rica, Ga., how big was the Florida-Georgia rivalry for you growing up?

A: It was a big thing during football season, with Georgia. I had a couple of family members that played for Georgia. When the football season came around, that was a big rivalry.

Q: Everyone I talk to uses the word relentless when describing how Marquette plays. Is that a good term to use about your team?

A: That's a great term to use. That's the way we're built, that's the way we work and that's the way our coaches coach, with a relentless-type attitude. I think it shows on the court.

Q: At 6-foot-6, how do you manage to grab extra rebounds over bigger players?

A: I just think my father helped me gain that mentality to have a rebounding-type mentality. It's all effort when it comes to rebounding, and if you have the effort, you're going to grab a few rebounds. I just want to grab them in tough situations, and up to this point I've done that.

Q: You're back in the Sweet 16 for the second straight year, being on this stage for the second year in a row. What's different about this team?

A: It's a different mentality. Last year, we were excited to be here. This year we're really trying to win it. Just coming out, being aggressive, focusing in on the scouting report. We're focusing on that opponent, really trying to win the game.

Q: Like Sampson, does your hair give you extra strength?

A: No, I don't think so. I'm not going to cut it anytime soon, though.

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