Auburn basketball: Bryce Brown returns to practice ahead of Kentucky game

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn basketball could have leading scorer Bryce Brown back on the floor for its Wednesday home game against Kentucky.

Brown returned to practice Monday afternoon after sitting out Saturday against Georgia with a right shoulder strain. The junior guard suffered the injury on a dunk attempt in the first half of a loss to Texas A&M last week. He did not play in the entire second half.

Brown shot around with the No. 10 Tigers and lifted some weights before practice. Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said he wouldn’t take any contact Monday.

“I think Bryce is going to try to go today, but no contact,” Pearl said. “He’s shooting a little bit, he’s moving a little bit. He’s got a better chance to play on Wednesday than when he did on, obviously, Saturday.”

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Pearl said Brown “was not close” to playing Saturday against Georgia, even though he made the trip to Athens. Brown leads Auburn with 16.6 points and 3.4 made 3-pointers per game.

The Auburn coach wants to see if Brown can have a full-contact practice Tuesday before making the decision on whether he’ll play against Kentucky on Wednesday night (9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on ESPN2).

“If he can hit tomorrow, he can play Wednesday,” Pearl said. “For me, the dunking wouldn’t be the issue. It would be defensively or things like that, if he gets it thrown back again. How does he feel about that? He’s just got to be able to hit, then he’ll be able to go.”

Auburn point guard Jared Harper sounded optimistic in Brown’s chances of returning from injury Monday.

“He’s doing great,” Harper said. “He’s been rehabbing and just putting in a lot of work. He wants to get back on the court bad, so hopefully he’ll be back soon.”

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