That’s A Wrap: Matt Roth

Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2011-2012 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Matt Roth.

Final stats (34 games): 4.3 ppg, 0.6 rpg, 53.7% FG, 100.0% FT in 11.8 minutes per game.

Matt Roth was recruited by the previous coaching staff to fill a role. The belief was that Roth, a sharpshooter from Washington, Illinois, could stretch defenses with his ability to knock down perimeter shots.

That plan, however, didn’t come to fruition until Roth’s final season in Bloomington.

As a freshman, Roth, like his classmates, was thrust into major minutes from day one. He was effective at times — a 9-of-11 performance from behind the arc against Ohio State being a prime example — but only connected on 37.3 percent of his 3-point attempts. His sophomore season was cut short after he broke the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during a practice in Puerto Rico. And he never really got into the rotation as a junior after missing the first four games with a knee injury.

Entering his senior campaign, many wondered how Roth would be utilized. The continued improvement of Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey, coupled with the arrival of Austin Etherington and Remy Abell, created a logjam of sorts in the Indiana backcourt.

But there’s always room for a shooter and Roth emerged as one of the surprises in Indiana’s turnaround season. His minutes rose from his junior season as did his effectiveness. With defenses keying on Cody Zeller, Christian Watford, Jordan Hulls, Oladipo, Sheehey and others, Roth was the beneficiary of many open looks and he capitalized.

He finished as IU’s top 3-point shooter at 54.5 percent and ranked second nationally. Roth filled the role he was recruited for and did it brilliantly.

While he stepped in and knocked down key shots in several IU wins this season, the performance he put together in State College in early January was easily his best. With the Hoosiers struggling to stop Penn State and in need of offense to pull out their first Big Ten road win in nearly two seasons, Roth answered the call. He knocked down five 3-pointers and hit all seven of his free throw attempts to finish with 22 points in a Hoosier win.

Bottom Line: Like Verdell Jones, Tom Pritchard, Kory Barnett and Daniel Moore, Roth came to Bloomington with the program at rock bottom and helped see through the resurgence. His role was exclusively as a shooter, but when given the right mix of players around him in his final season, he proved to be among the best from the perimeter in the country.

What can’t be emphasized enough is how Roth and his classmates helped establish a foundation that will ultimately help the IU program flourish for years to come. He won’t leave with gaudy statistics, but he will leave with a graduate degree and as a key figure in the revival of IU basketball.

Previously: Tom Pritchard, Verdell Jones

  • byuhooser

    why didn’t Roth participate in the 3 point shooting contest last night?  was he not asked? 

  • Lucas Vaal

    I loved watching Matt Roth this year. The kid can hit a three from the parking lot…unlimited range. Thank you Matt for all the great times and good luck in your future endeavors

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Roth may not have been the most complete player, he may not have been able to shoot from within 20 feet, may not have been the best defender, and may not have been able to find his own shot, but man, you just don’t see a shooter like him very often. He’s rare. A shooter who is SO PROFICIENT that you expect the ball to go in? That just isn’t something that comes along very often.

    It’s a natural progression that he has to leave, but the doesn’t mean I won’t miss him. Come back early and often, Matt.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Roth may not have been the most complete player, he may not have been able to shoot from within 20 feet, may not have been the best defender, and may not have been able to find his own shot, but man, you just don’t see a shooter like him very often. He’s rare. A shooter who is SO PROFICIENT that you expect the ball to go in? That just isn’t something that comes along very often.

    It’s a natural progression that he has to leave, but the doesn’t mean I won’t miss him. Come back early and often, Matt.

  • stroot

    I think because I was always the short 3-point shooter in every pick-up game I played as a kid, I’ve always gravitated toward guys like Ryan Tapak, Mark Johnson, Errek Suhr, and Matt Roth in the past decade. I’m sure at least some of you can relate!

    When a guy like this can go perfect from the line (15-for-15) for the entire season, shoot for 42-of-77 from long (54.5%), and do exactly what is asked of him so frequently, this guy isn’t going to get much attention from NBA scouts, but he absolutely gets a lot of respect from guys like me.

    I know most people’s favorite player from this class is either The Pritch or VJ3, and that’s absolutely fine because of their large number of sacrifices/contributions to this program, but, personally, Roth definitely ranks among my favorites as a Hoosier fan.

    Much respect for Matt Roth. Cheers to him for all of his accomplishments, and best of luck in whatever he elects to do next.

  • Asteinberg0626

    Doesnt he have the option of returning for another year?

  • Kreigh_Smiths_Short_Shorts

    Let the three point shot no longer be called a “trey”, but forevermore be a “Roth”.

  • http://twitter.com/Jake_Lort Jake Lorton

    He does, but he’d have to pay his way. He already has his Masters degree in something, so there wouldn’t really be a point in returning education-wise.

  • Keep_it_in_Indiana

    Roth would have won the 3 point shootout going away.

  • Keep_it_in_Indiana

    Again, like the rest of his classmates, Matt represented the IU program with class.  We were lucky to have had him.  There is no doubt he will be successful, fortunately he was able to see that we were as well. 

    Thanks Matt Roth! 

    True Hoosier Fans will never forget the role you played in the IU turnaround!

  • Devout Hoosier

    Fantastic shooter but I also really appreciate his improvement on defense.  He was a much better defender this year which allowed him to play more minutes and be in late games when we need his three pointers the most.

  • HoosierBoy1976

    But there is a reason basketball-wise…if he has another 55% 3 point shooting year he will be used, and will probably be playing in ATL for the Final 4

    I have no idea what he will do, but I’m sure he is extremely torn.

  • Derbus

    Awe shux, stop it you guys (tear in each eye)!?!  I envision a hollywood movie ’bout a basketball 3-point sharpshooter named Roth from Indiana.   lmao

  • Derbus

    Awe shux, stop it you guys (tear in each eye)!?!  I envision a hollywood movie ’bout a basketball 3-point sharpshooter named Roth from Indiana.   lmao

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    The fact that he participated in senior night is a good indication on whether he’ll be back. He could, if he opts to do so, go play another year in a different conference without having to sit out if he pursues a graduate degree program not offered at IU.

  • jahhoosier

    I don’t think it’s so much that one expected the ball to go in when Roth shot it, it’s that one was shocked when an open look didn’t go in. Not surprised. Not startled. Not incredulous. Not bewildered, even. But shocked. THAT’S how good his shot is/was.

    And, really, the same is true for Hulls to me. The difference is that I was shocked when Roth missed an open shot from anywhere, while Jordan does seem to have a limit to his range. Although it’s not much of a limit and I can’t wait until he’s even better next year.

    Imagine if Watford comes back, Cody works on his jumper, Creek can play at a high level, and Oladipo develops a three-point shot. For that matter, imagine if they find a way for Roth to return, which I hope can happen. Then imagine if the shooters you expect to be there like Hulls or Sheehey are actually better shooters.

    Crean would have multiple lineups at his disposal in which every single player on the floor is a strong shooter. The best part is that it’s a pretty good possibility every single one of those possibilities above actually happens.

    One gets chills.

  • SCHoosier

    I hope he realizes that if he stayed..any minutes he got would hurt the development of some of the movement players who are going to have to play a big role for IU next year..especially if Wat leaves. Matt make his mark..wish him well going forward. He might be able to play some overseas..not sure he wants too.

  • SCHoosier

    what 3 pt contest?

  • MillaRed

    Roth entered IU when the program was upside down. We were looking for everyone on the roster do do something, anything to make IU better. Shooters like Roth are rarely asked to do much as an underclassmen.

    If the program was in decent shape, he would have developed just fine and turning in a good senior season campaign would have been a normal transition. I expect Etherington to follow this path.

    Always liked Matt a lot. And I think he will be missed next season. If they can find a way to keep him, I would be a happy Hoosier.

  • MillaRed

    Roth entered IU when the program was upside down. We were looking for everyone on the roster do do something, anything to make IU better. Shooters like Roth are rarely asked to do much as an underclassmen.

    If the program was in decent shape, he would have developed just fine and turning in a good senior season campaign would have been a normal transition. I expect Etherington to follow this path.

    Always liked Matt a lot. And I think he will be missed next season. If they can find a way to keep him, I would be a happy Hoosier.

  • barbason

     Roth cant return, already gave his senior speech.

  • jahhoosier

    And let any three-point shot from beyond 25-feet be henceforth known as “a Matty.”

    I can see the newspaper stories now.

    “Hoosier Rules” [heading]

    “Indiana rains Roths on way to championship” [sub-heading]

    “The game was over eight seconds after the opening tip in the Georgia Dome. Jordan Hulls rose for a 25-foot Matty and swished it home. From then on, the game for Kentucky was simply about losing respectably. It lost that game, too, as Indiana set a tournament record with 19 more Roths before the buzzer sounded and a shell-shocked John Calipari could finally escape to his locker room to hide. Or duck and cover.
    “‘Sometimes, a huge payroll and not having actual students on your team isn’t enough,’ the Kentucky coach whispered in the post-game press conference. For the first time in John Vincent Calipari’s life, he actually appeared humbled.
    “Indiana’s Roths had accomplished that unprecedented feat, too.”

  • http://www.trinityoaklabs.com Hoosiergirl

    Thats exactly what I said! Roth or HULLS. more IU hate…..

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I think Matt Roth may be the only guy in this class that will be remembered only fondly for one reason: we didn’t expect much of him. We expected a lot from Verdell and sometimes from Pritch, but what did we want from Roth? We knew he was a bit of a defensive liability, knew he couldn’t really dribble, but we didn’t expect him to.

    Long story short, I think we’ll always remember Matt Roth in a positive light because he exceeded our expectations of him in grand fashion.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Ha though the idea that people would start calling a 3 point shot a “Roth” may be far fetched, it is not as far fetched to use him as a measuring stick for future 3 point specialists. As in, “wow, that guy has Matt Roth range. That’s really impressive.”

    Any sharpshooter for the Hoosiers over the next few years has some big shoes to fill. Austin Etherington, I’m looking at you. Might wanna visit Cook a couple hundred times over the next few years…

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Ha though the idea that people would start calling a 3 point shot a “Roth” may be far fetched, it is not as far fetched to use him as a measuring stick for future 3 point specialists. As in, “wow, that guy has Matt Roth range. That’s really impressive.”

    Any sharpshooter for the Hoosiers over the next few years has some big shoes to fill. Austin Etherington, I’m looking at you. Might wanna visit Cook a couple hundred times over the next few years…

  • MoyeSwatsBoozer’02

    I watched the contest last night, and also thought Oladipo could have shined in the dunk contest.  If memory serves though, being in the sweet 16 disqualifies you from participating.  Something about the timing/logistics of getting the event planned and knowing in advance that a player will attend.

  • FanaticHoosier

     Well its only Seniors so Hulls wasn’t eligible.  I’m guessing Roth didn’t take enough this season.  Most of the players were starters for their teams.

  • Geoff_85

    We’ll miss the production on the perimeter! He seems like a good kid too. Hate to see him go. Thank you Mr. Roth. We’ll miss you!

    Sidenote: Frank Haith, with all the talent and UPPERCLASSMEN he had this year, and despite being beat in the 1st round of the NCAA’s with all that talent and upperclassmen, won AP Coach of the Year.

  • stroot

    I’m fine with letting him speak again next year.

  • Classof73_N1Fan

    What a mistake.

  • HoosierSkywalker

    It wouldn’t have been a “contest” if he participated…

  • HoosierSkywalker

    It wouldn’t have been a “contest” if he participated…

  • RckyMtnHoosier

    What’s even worse…”John Calipari and Tom Izzo tied for second.”  Do we even have a basketball coach at Indiana?   Jezz…no respect or acknowledgement at all for Crean.

  • IUfanToby

    I just saw that too.  They said the votes were cast before the tourney started, but still no love for CTC.  I can’t believe that Calipari and Izzo finished ahead of him too.  No justice.

  • Stlbam

    I know what your saying regarding Haith especially since Crean has invested so much into making the players he had better along with tireless recruiting. It’s not as if Haith isn’t deserving though. Yeah the had a group of veterans but their arguably most talented player never stepped on the floor this year. They had a pretty good year running a system with 4 guards and a power forward. Haith has to get credit for keeping it together while his integrity is under investigation with the NCAA for his time in Miami.

  • Rehcars

    What if he does like Wood from MSU and transfers to another school? Because it would be HARD to get minutes next year!

  • Rehcars

    What if he does like Wood from MSU and transfers to another school? Because it would be HARD to get minutes next year!

  • dfitz

    How the hell did that happen. What a joke.

  • SPGaskins

     He has yet to give his doctoral dissertation.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    LAYUP!!!

  • INUnivHoosier

    Congratulations, Frank. You took an inherited team with one Freshman to win the awesome Big 12 conference. You were able to rise above the ethics investigation taking place at your former school, and you choked in the first round of the NCAA tournament (I understand voting took place before that.)

  • Jim K

    Maybe he is looking into playing somewhere else next season?  He still has one year of eligibility left and could play immediately if he enrolled in a graduate program at another school as long as IU doesn’t offer that graduate program.

  • marcusgresham

    Then ask Motorhead to re-record the song “Dr. Rock” with the new lyrics “Dr. Roth.”

  • marcusgresham

    I imagine the dialogue from this picture was Roth turning slightly to his right and addressing John Shurna with “THAT is what a proper jump shot release looks like.”

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