MUSTAPHA HERON (PHOTO BY JASON CALDWELL)

Bouncing Back From Losses Is the Challenge for the Auburn and TCU Basketball Teams

Auburn will take on the TCU Horned Frogs in basketball on Saturday As Part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

Mustapha Heron (above) leads the Tigers in scoring at 15.4 points per game and in rebounding at 6.1.

Auburn, Ala.--Two basketball teams looking to rebound from losses will meet on Saturday evening in Fort Worth, Tex., as the Auburn Tigers take on TCU?as part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

Tipoff is set for shortly after 5 p.m. CST for a game that will be televised on ESPNU. Auburn coach Bruce Pearl was not pleased with what he saw as his Tigers dropped to 13-7 with the team’s most lopsided loss of the season on Tuesday night falling 98-69 at South Carolina.

“I don’t think we took a step back, I think we took about 30 steps back,” Pearl said of the loss to the Gamecocks. “It is a grind and I was disappointed with our performance and our ability to compete. It is just one game. South Carolina is one of the top three teams in the league and we weren’t able to get that one on the road.

“Since we have come back we have practiced well and we are still one of the younger teams in college basketball and we show it at times,” Pearl said. “We started four freshmen again at South Carolina and got off to a bad start.”

TCU, which is 14-6 overall and 3-5 in the Big 12, enters Saturday’s contest on a three-game losing streak after falling 89-76 at Oklahoma State on Monday night.

“They do good stuff,” said Pearl said, who noted that he is particularly impressed with TCU’s point guards and post play.

“They rebound well, they defend well and they are physical,” the coach said. “Right now they are 37 in the RPI and that is a good team. We are going to have to play a lot better than we have been to beat them.”

Vlad Brodziansky, a 6-11, 220 junior forward, leads the Horned Frogs in scoring at 13.8 points. The top rebounder, 6-7, 210 junior guard Kenrich Williams, is coming off a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds vs. Oklahoma State. He is averaging 10.8 points and 9.8 rebounds.

Alex Robinson, a 6-1, 180 sophomore guard, is averaging 10.9 points, 5.3 assists and 2.4 rebounds. Jaylen Fisher, a 6-2, 195 freshman guard, is averaging 9.2 points and 4.5 assists. Another starting guard, 6-6, 210 senior Brandon Parrish, is averaging 6.4 points and 3.3 rebounds.

Auburn leads the series 2-1, but the teams have not played since a game on Dec. 13, 1966 in Hilo, Hawaii won by the Horned Frogs 86-66 in the Big Island Invitational. This will be Auburn’s first trip to TCU’s Schollmaier Arena.

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