2. Kerwin Roach Jr. continues slipping
We’ll continue to hit on the point of the down play from the back court for Texas basketball here. Coleman and Ramey were up and down during this three-game losing streak. But, senior shooting guard Kerwin Roach Jr. really fell flat of late. Roach Jr. was a horrid 1-of-11 from the field in this game, and didn’t get his first field goal until the final two minutes on a lay-up.
Ramey and Roach Jr. achieved two of the three lowest offensive ratings for both teams. VCU sophomore forward Corey Douglas, and Ramey, were the only players to post an offensive rating lower than what Roach Jr. At least Roach Jr. only turned the ball over twice, which gave less possessions directly to VCU than Ramey did.
All in all, Roach Jr. posted four points, five rebounds, and three assists. His usage rate was also the highest on the team. Roach Jr. needs to shoot better, or find someone else to do the scoring, if this is going to be the way he commands the offense. He’s shooting just 18.9 percent from the field in the last three games. More concerning is his three-point shooting in the last three games, which saw him making just three of his last 19 attempts.
This wasn’t the best defensive performance out of Roach Jr. this season either. He didn’t have a single steal or block and his rebounding percentage sat in the single digits. In a pretty well-rounded defensive effort for head Texas basketball coach Shaka Smart, Roach Jr. was a liability on both ends of the floor.