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Marquette basketball lacks experience entering new year

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Marquette coach Buzz Williams is working on his patience.

His team has plenty of potential but not much experience. And they're trying to stay in the top half of the brutal Big East. So Williams knows it might take a little longer to get his players up to speed.

The Golden Eagles must replace standout forward Lazar Hayward and the conference's best 3-point shooter, Maurice Acker. Williams has some promising players to build around this season. But other than forward Jimmy Butler and guard Darius Johnson-Odum, most of them haven't done it on this level yet.

Top newcomers include freshman guard Vander Blue and forward Jae Crowder, last season's junior college player of the year.

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