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February 23, 2009
Medical reports bring both good, bad news
Jeff Capel, Jim Calhoun and Roy Williams have something in common this week.
Besides leading top-five teams that lost in the past seven days, the coaches have spent their fair share of time getting bad news from team trainers.
On the verge of the No. 1 ranking the country, Oklahoma lost player of the year candidate Blake Griffin to a concussion before losing to Texas. The Sooners could lose the top spot in the Big 12 standings, too, if Kansas beats them tonight.
A masterful game by Pittsburgh's DeJuan Blair against Connecticut's Hasheem Thabeet was the top story line from the Huskies' loss to the Panthers last Monday. But a sidebar from that game was the absence of UConn starting guard Jerome Dyson, who is out for the season.
In the final weeks of the regular season and into the conference and NCAA tournaments, injuries – and returns from injuries – will shape the national picture. Here's a primer on medical issues for the coming weeks.
F Blake Griffin, Oklahoma
G Jerome Dyson, Connecticut
G Stephen Curry, Davidson
G Marcus Ginyard, North Carolina
G Patrick Mills, Saint Mary's
G Rob Lowery, Dayton
F Patrick Patterson, Kentucky
F Robbie Hummel, Purdue
F Raymar Morgan, Michigan State
F David Lighty, Ohio State
G Chris Warren, Ole Miss
G Brandon Johnson, San Diego
David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.