Auburn Basketball Injury Report: Antoine Mason Update Prior to Texas Tech Game


Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl met with the media to discuss the Tigers and their upcoming upcoming opponent, Texas Tech, as well as an overview of the season to date. Pearl also gave an update on injured guard Antoine Mason.

Auburn showed that comeback ability in a few ways last week in Las Vegas. First, the Tigers were embarrassed 53-35 against Tulsa, and K.T. Harrell was held to just two points.

Two nights later, Auburn beat Oregon State 71-69 after trailing 59-58 with 5:45 left on the clock. Harrell rebounded to score 20 points, his fourth 20-point game in five attempts this season, and the Auburn basketball team picked up its first road win of the season.

Unfortunately, it was also the fourth game Mason missed with an ankle injury.

Mason, the nation’s leading returning scorer from the 2013-14 season, had 19 points in his Auburn debut against Milwaukee.

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He also impressed fans with his toughness to play through the ankle injury. However, doing so may have done more harm than good, since Mason hasn’t been back on the court yet. Instead, fellow senior transfer K.C. Ross-Miller has stepped up to start.

“Any time you get guys back it does change your chemistry, it changes your rotations,” Pearl said. “And then his learning curve is going to be affected. It’s not so much where to be as far as our plays are concerned, but probably more on the defensive side where he had a lot of room to grow.”

According to Pearl, he might not be back Wednesday in Lubbock, either, but getting him back to practice is a good sign for the future.

If Mason can’t play against the Red Raiders, his next opportunity will be Friday against Coastal Carolina.

But, before then, the Tigers will travel to Lubbock, Texas for the first game of the SEC-Big 12 Challenge. Tech is 4-1 this season under Tubby Smith, who is in his second season at the school.

Like Auburn, the Red Raiders will rely on several newcomers during the 2014-15  campaign, but they are talented. JUCO transfer Devaugntah Williams leads the team in scoring at the moment, while freshmen Zach Smith and Norense Odiase are the top two rebounders.

We’ll have more on the Red Raiders, as well as a Q&A with Wreck ‘Em Red, later this week.

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