But the last thing the Sooners needed was to lose their best player.
Both happened in front of a packed Allen Fieldhouse and a national television audience watching ESPN's Big Monday as No. 3 Kansas remained unbeaten with an 85-55 thumping of Oklahoma.
Making matters worse for the Sooners was the fact that freshman phenom Blake Griffin injured his left knee early in the first half and didn't return.
It was reported that Griffin's injury wasn't expected to involve his ACL, which was about the only good news on the night for Oklahoma. Griffin is expected to be further examined on Tuesday before his potential return is known.
With or without Griffin, the Sooners struggled to score as Kansas scored the game's first nine points and jumped to a 14-2 advantage early. Oklahoma (12-5, 0-2) twice cut its deficit to nine points in the first half, but ended up trailing 40-20 by halftime.
Oklahoma cut that lead to 15 with a 5-0 run to start he second half, but Mario Chalmers scored six straight as part of an 11-0 Jayhawk run that pushed their lead to 51-25 at the 16:32 mark.
The Jayhawks shot .534 from the field (31-of-58) while the Sooners were held to just .328 (21-of-64).
With Griffin nursing his knee with an ice pack on the bench and forward Keith Clark off the team due to academic ineligibility, the already shallow Sooner bench was tested even more with first-half foul trouble. Even walk-on Beau Gerber saw time in the first half.
Longar Longar had 21 points for the Sooners, hitting double figures for the eighth time in nine games.
Tony Crocker, who scored 10, was the only other Sooner in double figures.
Oklahoma returns home Saturday to host Texas Tech at 3 p.m. Red Raider coach Bobby Knight could potentially be vying for his 900th career win on a day when Sooner All-American Stacey King will be honored at halftime.