Last year at Texas Tech, Markel Brown struck for his career high with 30 points in OSU's lone conference road win of the season.
He picked right back up Wednesday night, scoring all of his 25 points in the first half of the Cowboys' 91-67 romp at United Spirit Arena.
What's his Lubbock secret?
Not the shoes.
“I think it's the ball,” Brown said. “They switched the ball up last year and I like the feel of the ball. I think it's the ball.”
Texas Tech now uses an Under Armour ball, made by Spalding, after playing with Adidas before that. Balls used range from team to team, depending on who a school has its contract with. For OSU, it's Nike.
“Other than that, it's my teammates finding me in open spots,” Brown said. “I'm running in transition, guys are looking up finding me. And I'm just shooting it with confidence.”
Brown seems to be having success regardless of the ball, with more credit probably due to many hours spent working on his perimeter shot.
As a freshman, Brown was 16-of-61 (26 percent) on 3-point tries. In his last six games, Brown has 20 3s. On the season, he's 40-of-100 for the season (40 percent).
Saturday: Oklahoma, 12:45 p.m.
Wednesday: Kansas, 8 p.m.
Feb. 23: at West Virginia, 1 p.m.
COBBINS DOUBLES HIS FUN
Through the better part of two seasons to start his career, Cowboys forward Michael Cobbins has found the double-double to be frustratingly elusive.
Finally at Texas Tech, Cobbins recorded his first, going for 12 points and 13 rebounds.
“I always look up and see nine points and double-digit rebounds,” Cobbins said. “Or double-digit points and single-digit rebounds.
“It's like, ‘Man, what is it? I can't push over the edge.' Tonight was the first. Hopefully, it's the start of many.”
Better yet, Cobbins did it in front of a gathering of family and friends who made the short trip from his hometown of Amarillo. Included in the crowd were both grandmothers, Geraldine Carr and Maxine Cobbins.
“It just brought me back to playing in high school, having everyone support you like that,” Cobbins said. “I'm glad, because my grandparents got to come out and see me. They got to see me like once in high school. This is their first college game. So it's good for them as well.”
“They've got different pieces and you've got to guard all them. And it's hard trying to cover up everybody, their whole team. They can play. That's why they're the best team in the conference. I mean, it showed tonight. They beat Kansas at Kansas, that's one of the toughest places to play at.” — Texas Tech guard Josh Gray on the Cowboys
By John Helsley