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Analyzing Marquette’s zone-offense numbers

Buzz Williams said at last year’s media day that he studies zone offenses for an entire month in the offseason. He’s done this each year in an attempt to improve his team’s play in an area he faced often in the Big East. Once known as a 3-point shooting, guard-oriented group, Williams has found — […]

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How good was Trent Lockett’s senior year?

It’s remarkable how quick college basketball players go through the system, arriving as high-profiled freshmen, improving as sophomores and finding their respective roles–large or small–as junior and seniors. Vander Blue’s time as a lanky first-year reserve seemed like just days ago while watching him drop 30 points on South Florida, hit clutch shot after clutch […]

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Buzz Williams’ fast-break dilemma

The departure of Vander Blue to the NBA draft presented brand-new questions Buzz Williams must address this offseason. With their top scorer, best perimeter defender and locker-room leader gone, the Golden Eagles must once again–for the fifth straight season, in fact–find an identity while replacing their go-to player. Their best player. In his junior season […]

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Pick and roll: Where Vander Blue stacks up

Vander Blue has taken on the daunting task of transitioning to point guard at the NBA level. The decision has been criticized by many–perhaps more so than the decision to declare early itself–but only Blue and those helping him in the months leading up to draft really know if this is the right call for […]

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Meet me at the rim, Todd Mayo

The art of hyperbole has been perfected by the lauding of freshmen who make an impact early in the non-conference season and are suddenly the second coming of Kevin Durant. With brand-new players arriving on campus each season on the heels of dominant high school careers, it’s easy to get carried away in the 4-minute […]

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The transformation of Jamil Wilson

When Jamil Wilson arrived on Marquette’s campus three seasons ago, the physical specimen—all 6-foot-7, 210 pounds of switchable—was unlike anything Buzz Williams had ever had at his disposal. Jimmy Butler, Joseph Fulce, Erik Williams and Jae Crowder before him provided Marquette different particulars of the skill set Williams looked for in his face-up forwards. But […]

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