Iowa Hawkeyes' Best Situational Lineups in 2013-14
Fran McCaffery's Iowa Hawkeyes enter Friday night's rivalry game against undefeated Iowa State with their own impressive 10-1 record.
Iowa's lone loss came to Villanova in the championship game at the Battle for Atlantis, a game that got away from the Hawkeyes before they fell short in overtime.
Nonetheless, McCaffery has been able to experiment with plenty of lineups, as Iowa has won several games by large margins, so expect the Hawkeyes to go 10 players deep (11 when Josh Oglesby returns) even during Big Ten play.
Listed below are the rotation players, along with the number of situational lineups they appear in throughout this slideshow.
Roy Devyn Marble: 4
Melsahn Basabe: 3
Aaron White: 3
Mike Gesell: 3
Jarrod Uthoff: 3
Zach McCabe: 2
Gabriel Olaseni: 2
Adam Woodbury: 2
Peter Jok: 2
Anthony Clemmons: 1
PG: Mike Gesell
SG: Roy Devyn Marble
SF: Aaron White
PF: Melsahn Basabe
C: Adam Woodbury
McCaffery instituted this starting five midway through last season, swapping Basabe in for Clemmons and trading size for ball-handling. When Gesell went down with an injury late last season, McCaffery inserted Eric May into the starting lineup, moving Marble to point guard in an even bigger lineup.
McCaffery isn't afraid to make mass substitutions when he doesn't like what he is seeing. After the aforementioned starting lineup, Iowa's second most-used lineup is Clemmons, Jok, McCabe, Uthoff and Olaseni—the backups at each position.
While Iowa's five best players do not all start, Fran is not afraid to play the hot hand late, giving his team the best chance to win.
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