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February 15, 2010

Bad to worse: Warren may be done for season

Who thought the Oklahoma men would be 13-11 overall and 4-6 in the Big 12 Conference in the middle of February?

Saturday's loss 97-76 loss at Oklahoma State showed just how far the Sooners have fallen.

They struggled to defend, rebound and couldn't find a scoring option that went beyond guards Tommy Mason-Griffin, Cade Davis and Tony Crocker.

OU coach Jeff Capel was asked what the mood of his team was after the loss.

"We're probably struggling a little bit, but my message to them was it's something we have to dig out of," he said.


Willie Warren, a preseason All-American, might not play again this season due to mononucleosis. According to the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, those with mononucleosis should be restricted from strenuous physical activity for at least three weeks after being diagnosed.

The Sooners are coming to grips with that scenario.

"It's been a down season for Willie. Everything has gone bad," Mason-Griffin said Saturday. "The best thing he can do is wait to get 100 percent and go from there."

The status of freshman forward Tiny Gallon is a different story. He has been "suspended indefinitely" from the team. When or if he'll return doesn't have an immediate answer.

Capel and players all declined to discuss why Gallon wasn't at Gallagher-Iba Arena Saturday.

Without those two, the Sooners are without their leading scorer (Warren) and leading rebounder and best low-post scoring threat (Gallon).

OU found out about their fate a day before the Bedlam game. They knew they were going to be shorthanded. The focus wasn't on who had to do what to make up for the absence of Warren and Gallon.

"We didn't talk about who needed to get this or who needed to score more points," Davis said. "It was just a matter of staying together and being tough."

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