TCU coach Trent Johnson didn’t want to say it, but he did anyway before the season. The Horned Frogs couldn’t stand to lose more players to injuries.They were already thin in the paint with Devonta Abron and Aaron Durley gone for the year with off-season injuries and Amric Fields still not ready to return from his knee injury a year ago.Johnson doesn’t like using personnel issues as an excuse. But his admission was basically stating the obvious, not setting up excuses.And then, as if on cue, freshman guard Hudson Price sprained his foot early in the second half of the Frogs’ season-opening loss to SMU on Friday.Price is expected to return soon, but he’ll miss Tuesday’s game against Longwood (0-1).Guard Tristan Carey led the Lancers with 12 points in their 82-44 loss to South Carolina. Longwood finished 8-25 a year ago.Freshman forward Brandon Parrish experienced leg cramps late in the loss to SMU but is fine and will play tonight. Fields’ return could still be several weeks away.TCU still hasn’t heard from the NCAA on the status of UTEP transfer Chris Washburn. The Frogs were counting on him for depth at forward. He’s trying to get a waiver to play so he won’t have to sit out a season as transfers typically must.After Tuesday, TCU doesn’t play again until hosting Abilene Christian on Nov. 19. After that, the Frogs don’t play in Fort Worth until Dec. 15, which starts a six-game homestand into January.
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