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Auburn Basketball Guard T.J. Lang Going Through Concussion Protocol, But Could Be Back In Action In the Near Future

An update on the Auburn basketball team includes a report on the health of sophomore two guard T.J. Lang.

T.J. Lang (above) has been a regular in the starting lineup.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn sophomore basketball guard T.J. Lang did not participate in his team’s practice on Sunday, but watched his teammates and then worked on his shooting after the session.

During Auburn’s 83-77 victory over Tennessee on Saturday, Lang had to leave the game after taking a blow to the face in a collision from chasing a loose ball.

“We are going through the concussion protocol today,” Coach Bruce Pearl told Inside the Auburn Tigers, “I think if he continues to pass with flying colors today and tomorrow morning, I think there is a chance he can play vs. South Carolina.”

Pearl’s Tigers have a quick turn-around preparing for game two of the Southeastern Conference season. South Carolina will be at Auburn Arena for a 6 p.m. CST contest on Tuesday.

The Gamecocks are the SEC’s only unbeaten team. On Saturday while the Tigers were opening league play vs. Tennessee, the Gamecocks improved to 13-0 with a non-league home victory over Memphis.

Asked what stood out when studying game video from the victory over the Vols, Pearl said, “I saw us really compete to get good shots and make them. I saw us really compete defensively to make Tennessee make contested shots.

“Obviously, the rebounding is a tremendous concern because we are going up against a South Carolina team that is one of the biggest and strongest teams in the country,” added Pearl, who has had plenty of success vs. the Gamecocks over the years with a personal 10-game winning streak in games he has coached vs. South Carolina.

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