Auburn may try to circumvent what coach Bruce Pearl last week described as the team's "greatest challenge" this postseason ahead of the team's first-round NCAA Tournament matchup against Charleston.

After going with noncontact practices since Anfernee McLemore's season-ending injury on Feb. 17, which shortened an already-shorthanded Auburn's rotation down to eight players, Pearl said he is considering having one full-contact practice this week as the Tigers prepare for their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2003.

"I think we might have one," Pearl said. "I think the fact that we don't play until Friday, I think that we'll hit on Tuesday and hold our breath."

Pearl's change of tune comes less than a week after he said that "no matter what," his team wouldn't have a full-contact practice the rest of the season because it couldn't risk another injury.

The Tigers haven't been the same team since McLemore's injury, struggling down the stretch while going 2-4 over their final six games -- which was still enough to clinch a share of the SEC regular-season title, but saw the team bow out of the SEC Tournament last week in its first game against Alabama.

After the late-season struggles, Auburn is hoping to hit the reset button this week and reestablish its identity that helped the team start the season 23-3 and got the Tigers ranked No. 8 in the nation early last month.

"If we're going to get a reset, then we're going to have to hit one day this week," Pearl said.

Pearl previously attributed Auburn's late-season skid not to fatigue but to the fact that the Tigers just haven't been able to keep an "edge" on either end of the court because of their inability to go full-contact in practices -- meaning no live rebounding, no live shot-blocking and no taking charges, among other things.

Last week Pearl said he didn't second-guess the decision to go light in practices down the stretch, but given that Auburn will have played just twice over the previous 16 days by the time it takes the court Friday at 6:27 p.m. in San Diego's Viejas Arena, he feels one full-speed practice is of the utmost importance if the Tigers hope to keep their season alive.

"Oh, definitely (it will help)," guard Bryce Brown said. "We haven't went contact, live contact in a good minute. It will be good, just getting back out there and competing and getting back into game shape."