By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Help is on the way for Auburn's shorthanded basketball team.
Guard T.J. Dunans, who has missed the last 15 games with a knee injury, is expected to play in Saturday's 4 p.m. game against Ole Miss in Auburn Arena. Dunans averaged 12.4 points in Auburn's first 10 games. Dunans' minutes will be limited as he plays his way back.
"The bottom line he is healthy. It was his desire to come back and help the team," said coach Bruce Pearl.
"There was a possibility that a redshirt could existed, but he was right on the line of his number of games." Instead, he's playing.
"We knew it was going to be close from the standpoint of the end of the season. He's been practicing, going full speed for a couple of weeks, and practiced with the team toward the end of the week."
Auburn has played most of the season without Dunans and fellow starting guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen, who had season-ending shoulder surgery. Leading scorer Kareem Canty was suspended, and left the team two games ago.
Auburn is coming off its first SEC road win, a 90-86 victory at Arkansas.
Dunans had a procedure on his left knee after suffering the injury against Harvard in Hawaii. Pearl said afterwards the procedure "did require a scope to do some cleaning up, and he had a lot of bleeding because he had quite a traumatic patellar dislocation."
"It did a lot of damage to the tissue and the arteries and things like that, so they had to go in and fix some leaks, and now he is able to progress with his rehab."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine