Indiana Basketball: Hoosiers' Best Situational Lineups for 2014-15

Kyle GrandFeatured ColumnistJuly 28, 2014

Indiana Basketball: Hoosiers' Best Situational Lineups for 2014-15

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    After a tumultuous offseason full of departures from coaches and players alike, Indiana basketball finally has a complete roster and is getting ready for the season.

    So, what lineups will Tom Crean deploy with a new group of players at his disposal? Let's take a look at the best possible situational lineups for the Hoosiers in 2014-15.

Going Big

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    Devin Davis can provide the Hoosiers stability down low.
    Devin Davis can provide the Hoosiers stability down low.Duane Burleson/Getty Images

    Lineup

    • G: Yogi Ferrell
    • G: James Blackmon Jr.
    • F: Troy Williams
    • F: Devin Davis
    • C: Hanner Mosquera-Perea

     

    When the Hoosiers face the classic large lineups the Big Ten is known for, they will have to counter with some size of their own.

    While Crean has stayed away from a bigger lineup in the past, he can't get away with it this season. It was easy to play one big with the likes of Cody Zeller and Noah Vonleh on the roster, but this squad is without an elite post presence.

    Because of this, look for Crean to use two bigs more often. Davis and Mosquera-Perea should be the ones getting the call as they are the most experienced. Neither has wowed during his time as a Hoosier, but each has shown he is capable of holding his own down low.

    Crean could use freshman Jeremiah April, a 7-footer, but he is not yet battle-tested. While he has the size, April needs to develop before earning meaningful minutes.

Playing Small Ball

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    Stanford Robinson will be integral to the Hoosiers' success.
    Stanford Robinson will be integral to the Hoosiers' success.Michael Hickey/Getty Images

    Lineup

    • G: Yogi Ferrell
    • G: James Blackmon Jr.
    • G: Nick Zeisloft
    • F: Stanford Robinson
    • F: Troy Williams

     

    If the team's bigs don't pan out, don't be surprised to see Crean go with a smaller, faster lineup. Crean pushes his team to get up the floor quickly, and this lineup could do it, led by Ferrell.

    Zeisloft is a unique addition. While relatively unknown, he could find his way onto the court. He is reliable from three-point range and, more importantly, can handle the ball. He could take some of the pressure off Ferrell if need be.

    With Ferrell, Blackmon Jr. and Zeisloft, this lineup can make threes, and Robinson and Williams are the perfect complements because of their ability to attack the basket. This pair loves getting to the rim more than any other Hoosier. Finally, the two forwards can keep up with Ferrell in the fast break and are still big enough to guard bigger players.

    A lineup like this is a long shot to see a ton of minutes because Indiana plays in the Big Ten, but it presents a number of offensive options that could give defenses fits.

Spread the Floor

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    The more space for James Blackmon Jr., the better.
    The more space for James Blackmon Jr., the better.USA TODAY Sports

    Lineup

    • G: Yogi Ferrell
    • G: James Blackmon Jr.
    • F: Troy Williams
    • F: Tim Priller
    • C: Hanner Mosquera-Perea

     

    This lineup is enticing because of its ability to spread the floor on offense. Priller, a freshman, is 6'9" but loves to set up around the three-point line. This is for good reason, as he shot 52 percent from there in his senior high school season.

    Priller would force an opposing big to guard him because of his size, and having him on the perimeter unclogs the paint. Suddenly, driving lanes for Ferrell, Williams and Blackmon Jr. become available. Those drives through the lane will draw double-teams, leaving shooters with great looks from deep. In addition to Priller, Ferrell and Blackmon Jr. can knock down shots from long range.

    The only question mark in this lineup is Priller. Will he be ready for big-time college basketball? He was a relatively unknown recruit, so until the season starts, the book is still out on him.

    Still, much like the last slide, this lineup could be dynamic offensively. As a team that struggled to score last year, Crean may need to shake things up and play a lineup similar to this one.