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Posted: Saturday March 25, 2000 05:49 PM

Doug Gottlieb
Oklahoma State
Doug Gottlieb AP
Position:  Point guard
Height:  6'1"
Orange, Calif.
Class:  Senior

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Averages 8.7 assists per game, second nationally.
Scouting report

Oklahoma State's Doug Gottlieb has a hard time putting the ball in the basket from anywhere on the floor, so the Cowboys' senior point guard gets it to those who can.

Gottlieb shoots just 41.4 percent from the floor, 18.4 percent from 3-point range and 44.3 percent from the foul line. In late-game situations when most teams want the ball in their point guard's hands, Oklahoma State does all it can to keep the ball out of Gottlieb's hands because of his free throw woes.

But when it comes to getting the ball to the right people, Gottlieb has few equals. In the East semifinal game against Seton Hall, Gottlieb was well above his season average with 12 assists and just two turnovers. For the game, Oklahoma State committed just six turnovers, the fewest for the Cowboys in five seasons.

"He is really a great ball handler, and he distributes the ball so well," says Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton. "His instincts are marvelous. He certainly keeps a level head. He will be a major key against Florida."

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