Monday, February 8, 2010

What's Up With Matt Roth?

Could Indiana use another long-range shooter now that Verdell Jones seems to have found his be-the-man-every-night mojo?

You bet.

Could that someone be the long-healing Matt Roth?

Don’t bet on it.

Roth continues to recover from foot surgery to repair a broken foot and while he’s getting close to a return, so is the end of the season. Is it worth losing an entire year for the nine or so remaining games?

Probably not, but coach Tom Crean continues to leave all options open.

“He’ll be looked at again and we’ll have a clearer view,” Crean said, “but every time we go down the line the more it makes it harder to think he’ll come back. We’ll wait to see how the next round of exams go.”

Roth, a 6-3 sophomore guard, hurt his foot in practice during November’s Puerto Rico Tipoff and hasn’t played since. He was a 37.3 percent three-pointer shooter as a freshman with a 29-point effort against Ohio State.

Jones had a career-high 28 points in Sunday’s loss at Northwestern. In his last three games he’s averaging 24.0 points. The other guards combined for just 13 points.

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