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Texas' assists leader out for season

Texas junior point guard Dogus Balbay will miss the rest of the season due to a torn ACL in his left knee.

Balbay, the team's assist leader and top perimeter defender, left Saturday's game at Texas Tech early in the first half. Texas feared the worst. MRI results on Sunday confirmed those fears.

Balbay's absence will increase the pressure on freshman J'Covan Brown to pull his all-around game together. After garnering a start a week ago in a 40-point win against Nebraska, Brown reverted to bad habits during Wednesday's loss at Missouri and played just five minutes in No. 21 Texas' 71-67 win at Tech.

A native of Turkey, Balbay started 22 of Texas' 27 games. He averaged a team-high 3.9 assists, 3.8 points and 3.2 rebounds in 21.5 minutes a game. He ranked third on the team in steals with 35.

Texas (21-6, 7-5 Big 12) faces Oklahoma State (19-7, 7-5) at home at 8 p.m. Wednesday night (ESPN2).

Jeff Caplan covers colleges for ESPN Dallas. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.