The Texas Longhorns will be without sophomore point guard Isaiah Taylor indefinitely after the school confirmed on Monday that he suffered a broken left wrist.
Taylor won't need surgery and the injury is not season-ending, but depending on the severity of the fracture, he could miss eight weeks or more, a timetable that would keep him out for the rest of the non-conference season and the start of conference play.
The dynamic point guard took a hard fall late in last Thursday night's victory over Iowa in Madison Square Garden when he drove the lane, went for a dunk attempt, and took a a hard foul from Iowa's Gabe Olaseni that caused him to fall on his wrist. Following a review, officials assessed a Flagrant 2 foul on Olaseni, resulting in an automatic ejection.
After attempting both free throws Taylor left the game having scored 15 points, most of them in the second half on acrobatic finishes around the rim. Through three games, he was averaging 15 points and 2.3 assists per game while emerging as one of the top point guards in the country.
Junior Javan Felix has replaced Taylor in the starting lineup during his absence, reprising the role he held two years ago when former point guard Myck Kabongo was suspended by the NCAA.
Texas will face off against No. 24-ranked UConn on November 30 and then travel to Lexington to battle No. 1-ranked Kentucky on December 5, with Taylor virtually certain to miss both of those games.
As a result, the Longhorns could struggle to pile up impressive non-conference wins and could get off to a slow start in the loaded Big 12 without Taylor, a scenario that could result in Texas picking up a much lower seed than it could with a healthy Taylor.
There's enough talent and depth on this team that the injury shouldn't completely derail the season, but it is a major setback for a team that looked like a possible Final Four contender at the start of the year.