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Former Oklahoma State player Doug Gottlieb weighs in on OSU, Kansas and the rest of the Big 12

Broadcaster Doug Gottlieb says he expects at least five Big 12 teams to make the NCAA Tournament, probably six. However, he says he doesn't know if the conference has a team that can legitimately win a national championship.
by Mel Bracht Published: January 16, 2014

photo - Doug Gottlieb  John P. Filo
Doug Gottlieb John P. Filo

Doug Gottlieb, a former Oklahoma State point guard, will be in studio when the ninth-ranked Cowboys play at No. 15 Kansas at 3 p.m. Saturday on CBS. Ian Eagle and Greg Anthony will call the game. Gottlieb, 38, is busy this winter hosting a 2-5 p.m. show on the CBS Sports Radio Network, co-hosting “Lead Off” at 11 p.m. weeknights on the CBS Sports Network, broadcasting 30 college basketball games and working weekly in the studio. Here are excerpts from a phone interview in which Gottlieb discussed OSU, Kansas and the Big 12:

Q: How do you rate OSU's play?

A: I thought they had a chance to win not just the league, but maybe the whole thing when they were healthy. Losing Michael Cobbins really hurts. He's a redshirt, so he's a little older. He wasn't playing great before he got hurt. ... But they are very slim up front. The (suspension) issues with Stevie (Clark) don't help just because the two games in which they lost, he didn't play. I do think there is a correlation there because as good as Marcus (Smart) is, he's terrific, he needs someone to take him off the basketball. ... It's one thing to not play well, it's a whole other thing to get in foul trouble when your backup isn't there. That happened when they went to Kansas State. They have some flaws obviously, but they have something that very few have: No. 1, cohesion from at least two years of playing together. Two, they have three different guys who can score at their position. And they are a really good execution team in the half-court. Defensively, they are slim up front, and this weekend is a perfect example. The size and talent of Kansas against the more perimeter-oriented Oklahoma State team. Which matchup wins? Can they withstand any interior foul trouble? That will be a big issue.

What's your impression of the Jayhawks?

The game I called (against San Diego State) was the worst offensive (showing) since Bill Self has been coach at Kansas, statistically in field-goal percentage (29.8). Since then, they have played much better. They are par for the course for a team of freshmen. Freshmen have to learn how to win. I thought that was a heck of a win at Iowa State. I thought they got really good point guard play from Naadir Tharpe, in the way in which he plays point guard. Their flaws are No. 1 their youth, No. 2 they still are not a great shooting team no matter how well they shot against Oklahoma. Three, they don't have a true point guard, so that is going to make guys have to create their own shots. They are very turnover prone. It's pretty obvious what the plan is for everybody. When one of their post players gets it, you double them and you make them pass and you try to get steals off it. When they drive, you try to muddy up the lane and make them make tough contested shots. It's a very simple game plan but sometimes talent wins out and they do have a lot of talent in (Joel) Imbiid and (Andrew) Wiggins.

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by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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