IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa men’s basketball, having dropped five of its last six games, needs something to change. Is altering the starting lineup the key to getting the team back on track?
It very well may be.
Coach Fran McCaffery is considering changing the lineup for the in-state rivalry game with Iowa State on Thursday.
“It’s possible,” McCaffery said on a teleconference on Wednesday. “We are evaluating practice these next couple of days.”
He said he likes the starting lineup of guard Jordan Bohannon, Isaiah Moss and forwards Tyler Cook, Jack Nunge and Luka Garza, but McCaffery made lineup changes to begin the second half at Indiana on Monday. Guards Brady Ellingson and Maishe Dailey and forward Nicholas Baer started over Bohannon, Moss and Cook. The change provided a spark as the Hawkeyes used a 16-2 run to cut their deficit to 3 points before Indiana rallied to pull away with the 77-64 victory.
McCaffery said he liked the play of Ellingson and Dailey in particular. Ellingson scored 16 points while the duo combined for 8 assists and no turnovers.
“Brady and Maishe were really good moving the ball,” McCaffery said.
Also, forward Ryan Kriener (concussion) and guard Connor McCaffery (mono) have yet to practice this week, and the coaching staff doesn’t think either will face the Cyclones.
McCaffery will use his practice Wednesday to help determine his starting lineup. At a minimum, even if he doesn’t make any changes, McCaffery has options to quickly turn to off the bench if needed against Iowa State.