Roth lights up regional title game


Perhaps there is some good news on this gloomy Monday for Indiana basketball fans, a day after the Hoosiers were clobbered 103-74 in East Lansing, likely ending any hope for at least a share of the Big Ten title.

Matt Roth, a 2008 signee, scored a season-high 34 points Friday night as his Washington Panthers won their fourth consecutive regional title. He hit nine three-pointers, and according to the Peoria Star-Journal’s Wes Huett, he was nailing them from everywhere on the court.

“The wing. The corner. The key,” Huett wrote. “Even with one foot on the volleyball attack line… seemingly anywhere and everywhere beyond the arc.”

His Panthers are now 23-3 and play Tuesday night in the sectional semifinals.

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9 comments:

  • Laffy says:

    “Boiler Up” is about the gayest thing I’ve ever heard.

  • J.D. says:

    Stemmler is from Illinois, and was supposed to be the supreme gunner from beyond the arc when signed by IU. Also supposed to be a great defensive guy.

    Has he lived up to that at all?

    Has anyone ever mentioned that Roth is a poor defender who will be way too slow for the college game at the Big 10 level? Sure he can shoot, but can he stop a gnat?

  • ww says:

    Defense doesnt seem to be needed here JD. I only see 1 or 2 guys playing defense in these last three games. Coach Sam is gone so we dont have to work so hard….eh? Cool.

  • IU Jimmy says:

    Well, then, I guess we should just assume that Roth will suck because Stemler hasn’t lived up to your expectations.

  • Hoosier Daddy says:

    Boiler up is the gayest thing I’ve ever herd…next to “Matty Painter”.

  • Hoosier Lady says:

    Stemmler is a hussler and when he is not on the court you can tell. I am not saying he is the greatest player, but he deserves more credit than he gets. He plays with heart and steps up on defense when we need him.

  • Zak says:

    Comparing Stemler to Roth is a bit of a stretch. For one, Stemler is 6’8″ with good outside touch for his size. I don’t think Indiana draws up plays for a Stemler three; rather, he just shoots them when he’s open.

    With Roth it will be different. He’s a pure shooter, and from some of the people I’ve talked to that have seen him play frequently, one of the best pure shooters in the country. He’s made more 3-pointers in his career at Washington than anyone in the history of Illinois prep hoops. That says something. Jon Scheyer from Duke, a terrific shooter, came out of Illinois a few years ago, not to mention the countless prodigies from the Chicago area.

    This isn’t to say I think Roth will come in and start next year, but he’ll definitely be able to spread the defenses a little with his long range ability.

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