That’s A Wrap: Matt Roth

  • 03/17/2011 8:05 am in

Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our attempt to make some sense of the 2010-11 season. Sit back. Relax. Grab some popcorn. Get your read on. Today: Matt Roth.

Final Stats (28 games): 3.4 ppg, 0.5 rpg, 0.3 apg, 38.5% FG, 88.9% FT in 8.2 minutes per game

After missing the majority of his sophomore season with a broken foot, Matt Roth returned for his junior season with hopes of returning to a regular role in the IU rotation.

But rather than cracking the rotation, Roth was relegated to mostly spot duty and cracked double digit minutes in just nine games. And while he showed the ability to take over a game from the perimeter as a freshman with 29 points against Ohio State, Roth doesn’t seem to be the same player physically after suffering the foot injury last season in Puerto Rico.

There’s no question Roth possesses the ability to contribute because of his prowess as a shooter, but the reality is that Indiana’s personnel struggled to bring his strength to the forefront this season.

The Hoosiers didn’t have a point guard that could consistently break down opponents off the dribble and help create openings for Roth. And they also lacked a post presence that could draw double teams and kick it out to the perimeter. When Kelvin Sampson recruited the Washington, Illinois native, it was with the understanding that he’d be surrounded with talent to help free him up for open looks. Three years later, that plan has yet to materialize with any regularity.

Another factor that was significant in the limited minutes for Roth was the arrival of Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey. Both players are stronger in nearly every area other than from the perimeter and unfortunately for Roth, he was on the wrong end of the numbers game for minutes.

Shining moment: 12 points (4-of-5 from 3-point range) in an 84-83 overtime loss at Michigan State on January 30.

Bottom line: It’s hard to imagine Roth’s role increasing as a senior with Maurice Creek, Oladipo and Sheehey returning and Austin Etherington, another capable shooter with a more complete game, arriving on campus. Roth, who is set to receive his bachelor’s degree in May, told reporters after Indiana’s final game that he’s in the process of applying to grad schools for sports administration. Whatever the future holds, Roth, along with Tom Pritchard, will be remembered for sticking with his commitment to Indiana through one of the most tumultuous times in the program’s history.

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  • I think Roth’s defense is what kept him off the court. We couldn’t have Jones, Watford, and Roth out there at the same time (all weak defenders, esp. if you add in Elston), so I think we could only put him out there with a stronger defensive team (Rivers, Oladipo / Sheehey, Pritch), which made for a very small lineup. Plus, Roth is too slow to run through a set of multiple screens (a la Reggie Miller) on offense.

    Most importantly, he’s getting his degree, which is what student athletics should be all about.

  • Chris Clause

    I appreciate Roth’s effort and willingness to work hard and represent IU, but he is the type of player of which we need to purge this program. I always felt like we were in trouble when he came into a game.

  • Anonymous

    His strengths and deficiencies are well documented so no need to hammer the guy. He needs certain types of players around him in order to succeed and those players aren’t at IU right now.

    He should never be put in a position where he has to guard an opposing player with much athleticism. IU might want to always go to a 2-3 zone when he’s in the game.

    I think he has a place in the program if he wants it.

  • JerryCT

    While I donot think his defense is bad at all I think he did not get more time because he is just not automatic from 3pt land which is his role. If he cannot deliver on his specialty then coach has other options in come from behind situations.

  • ldiu

    I like Matt and he rarely hurts you except when he isn’t hitting. Let’s be honest, he, along with VJIII, Story, and Williams were late additions 3 years ago when CTC was just trying to put together a team. Enough said.

  • He wasn’t a late addition. He signed with Indiana in the fall of 2007 when Sampson was still the coach.

  • jcopey

    I had picked Roth to be the sleeper breakout for 2010-2011, but alas, it did not happen. I thought he could revert to his freshman numbers and get around 7-8 ppg. I don’t really fault Roth that much either as we had problems at every position on the floor.

    It’s as if our team suffers from Anti-Synergy, where the the team as a ‘whole’ is actually LESS than the sum of the individual parts.

    It’s baffling. But being a Cubs fan for decades, I’m used to this chant… “Wait til next year!”

    GO HOOSIERS! I LOVE YOU NO MATTER WHAT!

  • JerryCT

    Yea. He was my sleeper too. Maybe I jinxed him

  • eph521

    If the Hoosiers success (or lack thereof) causes the fanbase to become like Chicago Cubs fans – please shoot me.

    God help us all if IU doesn’t win anything for another 100 years.

  • MillaRed

    Roth needs….

    + Yogi to penetrate and dish, push the ball and find him on the wing, but he will be long gone before Yogi arrives.

    + Zeller so we finally have an inside out game that stretches the defense.

    + To be athletic enough to play D

    Not sure any of those things will happen before he graduates. Too bad because he could help a team that has more talent.

  • MillaRed

    Roth needs….

    + Yogi to penetrate and dish, push the ball and find him on the wing, but he will be long gone before Yogi arrives.

    + Zeller so we finally have an inside out game that stretches the defense.

    + To be athletic enough to play D

    Not sure any of those things will happen before he graduates. Too bad because he could help a team that has more talent.

  • MKH

    Am I reading this right that it’s likely Roth will not be here next year?

  • Not what the post says. Just relaying what he said after the final game about applying to graduate programs.

  • Anonymous

    The last sentence of this post says it all about Roth. He still decided to come to IU when the program was at it’s worst. He probably could have went to any other mid-major and got significant playing time and possibly a chance to play in the tourney. Whether he stays or not, I am appreciative of his contributions and support of the program. Thanks Matt.

  • marcusgresham

    If he’s waiting on Yogi then he’s out of luck because (unless he would apply for a medical redshirt for last season,) he’ll have graduated before Yogi’s enrolled.

  • Glawton12

    Wait, Roth is a true junior right? How is that kid already getting his degree in May? Either he’s a communications major (joking) or he took a ton of summer classes. Regardless, it’s a little surprising to hear.

  • Glawton12

    Wait, Roth is a true junior right? How is that kid already getting his degree in May? Either he’s a communications major (joking) or he took a ton of summer classes. Regardless, it’s a little surprising to hear.

  • Glawton12

    Wait, Roth is a true junior right? How is that kid already getting his degree in May? Either he’s a communications major (joking) or he took a ton of summer classes. Regardless, it’s a little surprising to hear.

  • marcusgresham

    oops, my bad, you’d already said that. Guess I should read better.

  • marcusgresham

    oops, my bad, you’d already said that. Guess I should read better.

  • marcusgresham

    oops, my bad, you’d already said that. Guess I should read better.

  • Derek Zoolander has a center that might help you learn to read good (and do other stuff good, too).

  • InTheMtns

    Yes, he is a true junior. According to CTC, Matt really, really struggled with academics his Freshman year. CTC said he knuckled down, made adjustments and really committed himself to academics to the point where he will graduate early. Not sure what his major is, but that’s not an easy feat. Kudos to Matt!

  • Anonymous

    “The whole is less than the sum of the individual parts” is a perfect analysis of our season this year.

  • Anonymous

    I thought ever since Cody committed and the floodgates opened that part of the “big picture” plan by CTC was that Matt would have his degree this year and might either move on to another school for grad school or become a graduate assistant at IU if he did not explode on the court this season. There were just too many players either committing to IU or strongly leaning that way for MR not to be part of the solution to the problem of making the scholarship numbers work out.

  • Anonymous

    So is the plan for Mo Creek to come back next year and not redshirt?

  • Grant_usi

    Could Roth possibly squeeze out two more full seasons of college basketball without having to sit out a year? I think there’s a rule that if you want to enter a graduate program that isn’t offered by your school you can transfer to one that does and play immediately (if IU offers sports administration for a graduate program, he would obviously have to pick something else). If Roth combos that move with along with applying for a medical redshirt for last year, that would give him two more seasons, wouldn’t it? As much as I love seeing him in cream and crimson bombing 3s, I would much rather see him playing 25+ minutes a game somewhere else and being a major contributor than what him ride the pine in Assembly wondering if/when he’ll get to shed the candy stripes…

  • Ian

    The secret of graduating on time or early is TAKING SUMMER CLASSES. Stayed 2 summers, had a blast both times, and graduated on the 4 year plan. Roth is one of those kids who is good to have around (right mindset, approach, midwest shooter), but if he moves on to Grad School then I wish him the best and he could get playing time elsewhere while freeing up a Scholly for this team.

  • Anonymous

    I posted a while back that I would not be surprised to see Mo red shirt next year and come back strong in 2012-2013. I suspect the probability of that will have more to do with Mo’s rehab than scholarship numbers. If he is near 100% by the beginning of the season, I expect he will play next year. If not, . . .

    I do think there will be another player(s) besides MR moving on before next season.