Roth’s shooting display not enough; Hoosiers drop 11th straight

  • 01/31/2009 6:40 pm in

It was a record setting Saturday in Assembly Hall. Matt Roth tied a school record with nine 3-pointers made and Indiana tied a school record with their 11th consecutive loss, 93-81 to Ohio State.

The Hoosiers (5-15, 0-8 Big Ten) haven’t won since December 10 against TCU and Saturday’s 11th straight loss tied a record set by the 1943-1944 team.

“We knew it was a matter of time with him,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said of Roth. “He has been spending so much more time in the gym on his own. He is an excellent shooter and sometimes when you’re really good at something you can take it for granted once in awhile. He hasn’t done that.”

Roth finished with 29 points on 9 of 11 shooting from behind the arc and two free throws, but his remarkable display was overshadowed by Indiana’s inability to contain Evan Turner, William Buford and Jon Diebler.

“It’s really a hard situation there because they have so many guys that can score,” Crean said. “Like I said, they have four perimeter (players). I think you can make a case for this throughout the country but Turner is hard a matchup as there is.”

Turner scored 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Buford added 24 and Diebler 21. The Buckeyes (15-5, 5-4) shot 63 percent, including 10 of 17 3-pointers, and hit 25 of 30 free throws.

Besides Roth, two other Hoosiers reached double figures: Devan Dumes (13) and Nick Williams (11). Indiana shot 47 percent and hit 12 of 18 free throws.

Up next: The Hoosiers host Iowa on Wednesday night at 6:30 PM ET on the Big Ten Network.

Record tying performance: Roth’s nine 3-pointers made tied the mark set by Roderick Wilmont on February 28, 2007 at Northwestern.

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  • HoosierSmitty

    I'd say we played well until about the 10 minute mark of the second half..maybe with 8 min to go….30-32 min of pretty solid basketball…especially considering our opponent was on fire most of the game…

    We responded well to most of Ohio State's challenges…but when you're a team without confidence, you can't pull these kind of games out.

    Roth was a freak show today…hopefully he can get open again a few times this year when we need it.

    Pretty decent effort for the Hoosiers…let's find that W!

  • pacino

    Lets go hoosiers! I am not givin up pn u. Can't wait for the future! Roth you are the man. Next Reddick. Just not as versitle.

  • elling2008

    Roth is the next reddick. Just not as hated by most of the country

  • Kelin Blab

    Here is my question….at this point is it more of a lack of talent or experience with this team?

    And you only can pick ONE!

  • silkyslim

    How does one get good? By playing & making mistakes and gaining MORE EXPERIENCE.

    I see more confidence growing every game!

    I mentioned earlier that Roth looked more confident, but I didn't expect this. WOW!

  • cooper

    Lets relax on calling him the next Reddick. He is going to have to prove he can defend and do more than shoot spot up 3's to play a lot of minutes next year. He is a good square up shooter and and when he is streaking he is a great shooter. The problem with team is they aren't good enough to be consistent for an entire game. They are getting better and closer as can be seen by the closer games. I feel for the coaching staff it has to be unbelievably frustrating

  • DMJ

    Killed us going without Pritchard for prolonged periods in the middle of the second half. He was able to keep the OSU defense honest and allowed our outside shooters some very open looks as well as being accountable for some points on his own — Taber just isn't the same in there.

  • jman4real

    i had the honor of talking to matt roth earlier on facebook and congratulating him.. he’s a great kid and i let him know i appreciated the effort he and the guys layed forth.. a win is right around the corner. i can only imagine what will happen when back up arrives next year.. it makes me smile just thinking about it! 🙂

  • HoosierSmitty


    If we didn't have talent, we'd be losing by 30 points every game…we don't have any incredible players, but I see a good number of our players getting significant playing time the rest of their careers here.

    There's been constant improvement as these guys gain experience playing tough games and more importantly, playing together. Experience helps build confidence…and we don't have much of either at this point.

    This team has plenty of talent…but they're basically all freshmen!

  • HoosierSmitty

    Yeah, I'd say he's more Todd Leary or Pat Graham at this point than JJ Reddick.

    Just be Matt Roth and hit the dagger 3s for us.

  • HoosierSmitty

    Oh and let's not forget Roth's two ridiculous blocks this season!

  • Jordan Hulls is the next Redick: the total package. Roth is a specialist more like Steve Kerr.

  • Roth was so hot that Al Gore just declared war on him.

  • JerryCT

    I liked the game as we moved the ball crisply early only to slow down as the game wore on. We did not have so many “resets” of the offense costing us valuable time on the shot clock. Lower TO's and good FT's as well.

    We scored enough to win getting help from everyone including Taber who , for me, was our most consistent player in his role on both ends of the floor. Their big guys did not beat us.

    Unfortunately we are not able to defend the perimeter especially Roth who tries hard but cannot quite avoid the screens enough to contest the shot until too late.

    Seems to me we are in fact getting better

  • Sallad

    To be fair to Matt Roth, it's hard to avoid a moving screen.

  • JerryCT

    I saw them too , especially Lauderdale late in the game and you are right.

    BUT moving screens are part of the game so a player needs to know how to respond. Option #1 is impede the shooter's path somewhat like a CB does to a WR at the line of scrimmage. If the guy easily goes by you then you are forced to chase and already at a major disadvantage. The defender of the screener can also alter the path but we donot usually do that.

  • JerryCT

    I wonder if Roth has ever seen old film of Jimmy Rayl or Jay Edwards

  • BFowler

    I could not understand why Roth went under that screen every time, they ran the same play, why not go over the top as Diebler was just going to jack it from that spot?

  • BFowler

    I could not understand why Roth went under that screen every time, they ran the same play, why not go over the top as Diebler was just going to jack it from that spot?