Should Matt Roth Return To the Indiana Hoosiers Lineup?

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IJanuary 28, 2010


After the first couple games of the season, Hoosier fans were starting to feel very good about their team.

They could drive the lane, hit shots, play inside, and make three-pointers.

Also they were more effective on the defensive end and did a good job causing turnovers.

Of course, they still had problems with three-point shooting and poor pass and shot selection, but most teams go through bad periods at the beginning of their seasons.

However just a couple weeks into the season, the Hoosiers lost their key outside threat from last season, Matt Roth, to a broken bone in his foot.

The sophomore Illinois native was expected to be out until late February or early March, but he has made a quick comeback, and could be seeing the court within a week or so.

"We’re getting closer to decision time,” Crean said. “He’s ahead of schedule, what that totally means, we’re getting closer to finding out.”

Since Roth went down to injury, as well as freshman guard Maurice Creek, the Hoosiers have struggled from behind the arc.

Currently Devan Dumes and Jordan Hulls are really the only two reliable three-point shooters on the squad. Verdell Jones III has tried, but just doesn't have that range in his shooting repertoire yet.

Since the start of the Big Ten season, the Cream and Crimson are shooting just 30 percent from three (33-109) including performances like 1-15 at Michigan, and 0-9 home against Iowa.

While that is a poor shooting percentage, would the addition of Matt Roth really improve it?

Even last year (he averaged 37 percent from three), he would be hot some games, and cold in others, and with all this time on the injury table, he is more likely to be cold, since he has not been able to get any game experience this year aside from a couple minutes in the first couple games.

But there is no doubt that when he can shoot it, they will go in, as was seen last year when he dropped nine three's on Ohio State.

If he redshirted, the Hoosiers would go into next year with Hulls, Roth, and Creek as dependable three-point shooters, and even possibly Will Sheehey or Christian Watford could be in that discussion.

Crean though, could decide that Roth being on the court this season is more important in the big picture, and it will help him for next year, while helping the team now.

We will have to see what coach Crean decides, but what are your thoughts?

Should Roth redshirt or play?

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