5. Kerwin Roach Jr. posts 20+ points again
Texas basketball and Providence are more similar in nature and background than one might think. Both teams have three losses and a resume that would put them as a bubble team for the NCAA Tournament if the regular season ended on Dec. 21. Providence also averages around the same amount of points scored and allowed per game.
With a team that is so similar to the Horns, the reliable scorers need to step up more than we saw in the win over Grand Canyon. While the scoring came in bunches for the Horns in the win over Grand Canyon, it didn’t come from any major reliable source.
Senior shooting guard Kerwin Roach Jr. did respond nicely in the latest win after a dip in his production over the past three weeks. He’s trending back up in the wins over the Purdue Boilermakers and the Antelopes after he had his two worst games of the regular season in the upset losses to the VCU Rams and Radford Highlanders.
Roach Jr. posted a combined 25 points in his last two outings, whereas he managed just 10 combined in the losses to VCU and Radford. The theme is becoming clear that Roach Jr.’s consistent scoring production is very valuable to the Horns getting on the right side of the win column. He’ll need to get his third straight performance where he posts more points than the previous game to help the Horns knock off Providence to start off the weekend.