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The front-runner for the Wooden Award — Blake Griffin — will miss tonight’s game against the Kansas Jayhawks as he recovers from a concussion he suffered against Texas on Saturday (see the above video). Looking at the play in question, it’s hard to see when Griffin gets hit hard enough to cause the injury, but it’s real enough to keep him out for three-and-a-half halves of basketball. Of course, I’m not the one absorbing blows to the face from 300-hundred pound 7-footers either, so it’s obviously much easier for me to talk.

Griffin’s absence puts a lot more pressure on an Oklahoma team fighting for the top record in the Big 12 conference — Kansas is tied with the Sooners at 11-1 in conference play — and a number 1 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.