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OU basketball: Isaiah Cousins has become a critical piece to OU's season

Sooners coach Lon Kruger said Cousins has had the physical skills to be a plus defender. It was just a matter of getting him to buy into that role.
by Ryan Aber Published: February 9, 2014

Cousins' explanation is simple.

“It's just about getting after it on defense,” he said.

In Saturday's win over Baylor, Cousins was effective defensively, especially after halftime.

But he also had his best offensive game of his Oklahoma career, scoring a career-high 21 points on 6-of-11 shooting. He was 3 of 4 from behind the 3-point line.

“My teammates just wanted me to be more aggressive,” Cousins said. “I had to step up and just do what I do — attack.”

While his defense has been solid recently, Cousins' offense has been high and low all season.

“I've got to be more consistent,” Cousins said. “That's the thing about my season right now, I've had some ups and downs.

“I've got my confidence up and feel like I'm in a better position to be consistent.”