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McCaffery will stick with starters for now

[ 0 ] January 25, 2013 |
Adam Woodbury against Ohio State

Adam Woodbury against Ohio State

Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery said Friday that he plans to stick with his same starting lineup for Sunday’s game at Purdue.

That lineup consists of three freshmen – center Adam Woodbury and guards Mike Gesell and Anthony Clemmons – along with junior swing guard Devyn Marble and sophomore forward Aaron White.

Woodbury has struggled offensively of late. He has scored just two points in each of the last three games, and a total of 20 points in six Big Ten games. Meanwhile, Melsahn Basabe has played well off the bench since the start of Big Ten play. He’s averaged just under 10 points over the last four games. Basabe, a junior,

has 52 career starts.

McCaffery said Friday he has thought about switching his starting lineup around. But he hasn’t pulled the trigger yet.

“I always do that in my own mind, yes, and we do it as a staff,” McCaffery said. “But we feel comfortable with our starting lineup.”

McCaffery said if he thought Woodbury would be more comfortable coming off the bench, or Basabe would be more productive in the starting lineup, he’d make a move.

“But right now we’ll stick with what we’ve got,” McCaffery said.

In practice, McCaffery and his staff have preached to Woodbury the importance of contributing beyond points.

“I think what Adam has to do is be able to impact the game in a variety of different ways,” McCaffery said. “That’s his strength. He wants to score. We want him to score. But he can’t view himself as a success or failure based purely on how many points he gets. He’s a runner. He’s a rebounder. He’s a really good passer. He’s not a mistake guy. He has a good basketball IQ. And if he does all those things and gets offensive rebounds, his offense will come around. He’ll be much more comfortable out there as he’s impacting a game on many different levels. That’s what he needs to continue to work on.”

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About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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