Texas' Dogus Balbay will miss the rest of the season after tearing his ACL Saturday against Texas Tech. The team is now without the services of their top assist man and defensive stopper. But Balbay, frequently criticized for being an offensive liability, may have just made the Longhorns better as they look to rectify their season that is quickly crumbling.
Balbay started 22 of the Longhorns 27 games, but was essentially getting bench minutes (21 a game). Freshman J'Covan Brown, is expected to replace Balbay in the starting lineup. He's a "high ceiling" guy, but it may be another freshman, Jordan Hamilton who could most benefit from this loss. Hamilton has proven he can score in bunches, he just hasn't been consistent. Perhaps one less body in the rotation will give him more chances to get the ball in his hands.
With Oklahoma State's James Anderson, Texas A&M's Donald Sloan, and Baylor's LaceDarius Dunn sill remaining on Texas' schedule, it should be interesting to see how Rick Barnes adjusts, and how his kids respond.