Found November 08, 2011 on Cracked Sidewalks:
We're only a few days away from the opening of Marquette's season, but it still feels like there are plenty of questions that need to be answered. To address these questions, we've brought the Cracked Sidewalks crew together, including one of our regular guest contributors, Dr. Blackheart. Here's the first query:How will Marquette replace Jimmy Butler?Alan: You don't replace a guy like JFB, at least not with one player. I think that you'll see Jamil take up a big part of his scoring and rebounding, and hopefully Jae and DJO can also see an uptick to offset Jimmy's loss. My real concern is on defense. I think Vander needs to step forward as the guy who can guard anyone. He may not start, but he can get 25 minutes off the bench as a stopper at multiple positions. If that happens, we should move on without missing a beat.Dr. Blackheart: You cannot replace his "smarts", but Jamil Wilson is more athletic, and more versatile offensively w...

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