Ross-Miller Likes AU's Challenging Schedule

K.C. Ross-Miller talks about the Auburn basketball Tigers as they prepare to play in the SEC-Big XII Challenge.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn guard K.C. Ross-Miller says he enjoys playing against strong competition, which is a good thing because his head coach has put together a basketball schedule full of those type of opponents.

Next up for Ross-Miller and the Tigers is a Wednesday night game road game vs. the Texas Tech Red Raiders as part of the SEC-Big XII Challenge. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. CST from Lubbock and the game will be televised on the SEC Network.

Auburn is 3-2 going into the contest. Texas Tech, which has a 4-1 record for Coach Tubby Smith, will be fourth time Auburn has played away from home in its first six games.

I think it is good,” says Ross-Miller, a graduate student transfer from New Mexico State. “Coach Pearl mentioned that he had put together a hard schedule for us so when we get into SEC play it would not be anything new so we will be prepared.

“That is the reason we started off on the road trying to get used to that atmosphere,” adds Ross-Miller, who is averaging 8.6 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. “It will be an advantage for us.

A lot of younger guys are getting more playing time right now with Antoine (Mason) out,” the guard points out. “T.J. Lang is getting more playing time as well as Cole Stockton getting in. Jack Purchase is playing a lot more. It is helping us get better as a team.”

Mason, who injured an ankle in the opening game, returned to practice on Sunday, but is listed as questionable to play vs. the Red Raiders.

Ross-Miller is coming off a good performance in Auburn’s last outing, a 71-69 victory vs. Oregon State. He drew charge and hit four free throws in the final minute to help the Tigers defeat the Beavers.

“We all just wanted to win,” Ross-Miller says. “K.T. (Harrell) stepped up during that time, everybody stepped up. We all knew we had to get stops. We all just tried to get in and make a contribution as much as we could to win the game. I needed to make the free throws for us to win. I need to take that charge, K.T. needed to take that charge.”

K.C. Ross-Miller leads the Tigers in steals with nine in five games.

Ross-Miller and teammate Malcolm Canada will be returning to their home state for Wednesday’s contest vs. Texas Tech. “It is not that far from home for me,” Ross-Miller points out. “Malcolm always has a lot of people at the game and I have some family at the game. It will be good for us to go back home and play, but the biggest thing is we are just trying to win.”

The game vs. the Red Raiders will be the third straight for the Tigers away from home. After returning from Lubbock the Tigers will wrap up their week with a fourth game this season vs. a 2014 NCAA Tournament team when former AU coach Cliff Ellis brings Coastal Carolina to Auburn Arena on Friday for an 8 p.m. tipoff.

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