It’s a tight contest early on at the Erwin Center…Ramey, Roach and Osetkowski lead UT with three points each.
Purdue 1️⃣3️⃣-Texas 1️⃣1️⃣, 11:26 to go in the first half. pic.twitter.com/dQZw0Eby3f
— Texas Basketball 🤘 (@TexasMBB) December 9, 2018
Coach Shaka Smart has stocked the Texas Longhorns with enough talent that senior guard Kerwin Roach II doesn’t necessarily need to lead the team every night.
But for the Longhorns to reach their potential this season, Roach will need to play better than he has been playing lately.
Which is to say, not all that great.
Roach is at the center of one of the early mysteries to the new season.
In the state of Texas, few players have the athleticism that Roach can bring to the floor every night.
His skills were on full display on Nov. 22 when he scored 32 points to help the Longhorns defeat the seventh-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels.
In addition to his 12 of 15 shooting against the Heels, he also produced seven assists, six rebounds and four steals.
Since then, his offensive efficiency has declined dramatically.
Over the past four games, including Texas’ 72-68 home victory over Purdue on Sunday night, Roach has hit only 21 percent of his shots from the field.
Yes, Matt Coleman, Dylan Osetkowski and freshman phenom Jaxson Hayes can, and should, be leading on a nightly basis.
The Longhorns can win their share of games in the upcoming Big 12 race with those three playing well.
But, no matter how you slice it, 9 of 43 from the field from Roach over a four-game stretch is not going to inspire much confidence leading into conference.
Shooting 80 percent shouldn’t be expected every night. But, some consistency would be a welcome sight for the fans.
It was a DUNK-FILLED NIGHT for @hayes_jaxson in Texas’ big dub over #24 Purdue! 💪 pic.twitter.com/1R9yBQYjOg
— Texas Basketball 🤘 (@TexasMBB) December 10, 2018