What a Diffrence a Play Makes

Jeffrey CalvertContributor IFebruary 26, 2009

Let's go back to last week, UConn and North Carolina had lost making Oklahoma's next game a shot at the top spot in the nation. The team standing in their way: the Texas Longhorns (wow, deja veu).

11 minutes into the game, Oklahoma's big man Blake Griffen takes a THIRD SHOT TO THE HEAD, and is promptly knocked in to the middle of next week by Texas hacket man Dexter Pitman. Blake would wobble over to the bench and watch the rest of the game where Texas did what it wanted and beat OU 73-68.

The next game was on Monday, one day of "rest", and then its time to battle the Jayhawks. Albeit the game was in the friendly confines of Lloyd Noble Arena, without Blake though, the outcome was the same.

Two games, two losses.That one play in Austin has changed the fortunes for the Sooners  Going from the top of the rankings, to possibly falling out of the top 10, and will knock them out of a No. 1 seed in the Big XII tournament, and make it harder for them to win it.

Texas is not the better team that they think they are, with Blake in the line-up they lose, at home, and sink them even further down the rankings. Kansas, is another story; with Blake in the line-up, this game possibly goes to overtime, and the out come is probably the same.

KU is making another run for the tournament, and could possibly be a sweet 16 team.

OU is waiting for their giant to clear the cobwebs, and make his presence felt on Saturday in Lubbock against Texas Tech, and then they travel to Columbia and face a Missouri team, who is also a Tournament team and presently tied with Oklahoma for second in the Big XII.

The truth of the matter is this: without Blake Griffen, Oklahoma is a "one and done" team in the big dance. Willie Warren will fill some of the void left by Griffen, but the truth of the matter is that it won't be enough...What a difference a play makes.