TV Take: Odd angle, odd calls and Zach Norvell’s clutch 3 equal Gonzaga first-round win

Gonzaga guard Zach Norvell Jr. hits a big shot late in the game to put the Zags ahead of UNC Greensboro, Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Taco Bell Arena in Boise. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Zach Norvell Jr. (23) reacts after hitting a clutch three point shot during the second half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise. Gonzaga won the game 68-64. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Zach Norvell Jr. (23) reacts after hitting a clutch three pointer to put Gonzaga ahead late in the second half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise. Gonzaga won the game 68-64. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga forward Johnthan Williams slams against UNC Greensboro, Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Id. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga forward Killian Tillie fouls UNC Greensboro guard Francis Alonso, Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Id. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams rips a rebound away UNC Greensboro guard Isaiah Miller (24), Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Id. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga forward Killian Tillie puts a stop on UNC Greensboro forward Jordy Kuiper (32), Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Id. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga guard Zach Norvell Jr. hits a 3-point shot over UNC Greensboro guard Francis Alonso, Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Taco Bell Arena in Boise. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins gets pressure from UNC Greensboro guards Demetrius Troy and Francis Alonso, Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Id. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
A young Gonzaga fan cheers during the first half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Johnathan Williams (3) fights for a loose ball against UNCG during the first half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Silas Melson (0) looks for an open teammate during the first half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Johnathan Williams (3) battles UNCG at the rim during the first half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Killian Tillie (33) grabs a rebound over UNC-Greensboro Spartans forward Kyrin Galloway (14) during the first half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Silas Melson (0) rebounds a missed dunk by UNC-Greensboro Spartans forward James Dickey (21) during the first half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Johnathan Williams (3) guards UNC-Greensboro Spartans forward Marvin Smith (1) during the first half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Silas Melson (0) drives the ball past UNCG as head coach Wes Miller reacts during the first half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Josh Perkins (13) vies for a loose ball during the first half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
GU fans cheer for their team during the first half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Johnathan Williams (3) shoots over UNCG during the first half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Zach Norvell Jr. (23) moves the ball past UNCG during the first half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
UNCG's mascot Spiro dances with Gonzaga mascot Spike the Bulldog during the first half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
UNC-Greensboro Spartans head coach Wes Miller during the first half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Rui Hachimura (21) battles UNC-Greensboro Spartans forward Jordy Kuiper (32) at the rim during the first half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Zach Norvell Jr. (23) reaches for the ball against UNC-Greensboro Spartans forward James Dickey (21) during the first half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Zach Norvell Jr. (23) drives to the hoop during the first half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Josh Perkins (13) moves the ball past UNC-Greensboro Spartans guard Demetrius Troy (11) and during the first half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga guard Zach Norvell Jr. tries to stop UNC Greensboro forward from hits a big shot late in the game, Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Id. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins ties the game in the last minute against UNC Greensboro, Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Taco Bell Arena in Boise. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga guard Zach Norvell Jr. battles UNC Greensboro forward for an inbounds pass, Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Id. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Josh Perkins (13) reacts after Gonzaga took the lead against UNCG during the second half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise. Gonzaga won the game 68-64. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Rui Hachimura (21) gets tied up UNCG during the second half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. Gonzaga won the game 68-64. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams pressures UNC Greensboro guard Francis Alonso, Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Id. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
UNC Greensboro guard Demetrius Troy celebrates basket by teammate Francis Alonso late in the game against Gonzaga, Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Id. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins crashes to the court as UNC Greensboro forward James Dickey collects a loose ball, Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Id. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga players Killian Tillie, Silas Melson and Zach Norvell Jr., left to right, celebrate Melson taking a charge against UNC Greensboro’s Demetrius Troy late in Thursday’s game Taco Bell Arena in Boise. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins and forward Rui Hachimura celebrate late in the game against UNC Greensboro, Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Taco Bell Arena in Boise. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Zach Norvell Jr. (23) fights for the ball against UNCD during the second half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. Gonzaga won the game 68-64. T (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Johnathan Williams (3) dunks against UNCG during the second half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. Gonzaga won the game 68-64. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Chris Webber and Brian Anderson broad the Gonzaga/UNC Greensboro on TNT, Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Id. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Josh Perkins (13) shoots against UNCG during the first half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Josh Perkins (13) moves the ball against UNC-Greensboro Spartans guard Malik Massey (2) during the first half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Josh Perkins (13) moves the ball against UNC-Greensboro Spartans guard Malik Massey (2) during the first half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Johnathan Williams (3) drives against UNCG during the second half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. Gonzaga won the game 68-64. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Josh Perkins (13) pauses between plays during the first half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs head coach Mark Few watches his team as the clock runs down during the first half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Johnathan Williams (3) rebounds the ball during the second half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. Gonzaga won the game 68-64. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Josh Perkins drives the ball against UNCG during the first half on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
UNC-Greensboro Spartans guard Francis Alonso (10) during the second half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. Gonzaga won the game 68-64. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
UNC Greensboro's bench reacts as they take the lead against Gonzaga during the second half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. Gonzaga won the game 68-64. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
UNC-Greensboro Spartans guard Francis Alonso (10) during the second half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. Gonzaga won the game 68-64. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Johnathan Williams (3) battles UNC-Greensboro Spartans forward James Dickey (21) at the rim during the second half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. Gonzaga won the game 68-64. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams and Zach Norvell battle UNC Greensboro Marvin Smith, Jordy Kuiper and James Dickey for a loose ball, Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Id. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Rui Hachimura (21) saves a ball from flying out of bounds and bounces it off of UNC-Greensboro Spartans forward Jordy Kuiper (32) during the second half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. Gonzaga won the game 68-64. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
UNC-Greensboro Spartans guard Demetrius Troy (11) drives against Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Corey Kispert (24) during the second half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. Gonzaga won the game 68-64. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams beats UNC Greensboro forward Jordy Kuiper on the baseline to the basket, Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Id. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga fans cheer on the Zags against UNC Greensboro, Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Id. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins launches a shot over UNC Greensboros Jordy Kuiper and Demetrius Troy, Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Id. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
UNC-Greensboro Spartans forward James Dickey (21) dunks against Gonzaga during the first half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Rui Hachimura (21) reacts after his team narrowly escaped UNCG during the second half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. Gonzaga won the game 68-64. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs head coach Mark Few congratulates UNCG after second half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. Gonzaga won the game 68-64. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Josh Perkins (13) embraces Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Jack Beach (2) after they defeated UNC Greensboro during the second half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. Gonzaga won the game 68-64. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Zach Norvell Jr. (23) celebrates with teammates after they narrowly escaped UNCD in the second half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. Gonzaga won the game 68-64. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Killian Tillie (33) heads to the locker room after posting two points, four rebounds and 2 assists, against UNCG during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. Gonzaga won the game 68-64. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth embraces guard Zach Norvell Jr. after Thursday’s win over UNC Greensboro. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs head coach Mark Few reacts after narrowly escaping UNCG during the second half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. Gonzaga won the game 68-64. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga prepares to face UNC during the first half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Odd things were happening Thursday morning on our television set.

It started with the odd camera angle from Boise’s Taco Bell Arena. It continued with some odd calls, or noncalls, during Gonzaga’s 68-64 NCAA first-round win over UNC Greensboro. It continued through a second half, which saw the fourth-seeded Bulldogs trail the 13 seed with less than 2 minutes remaining.

And it ended with Zach Norvell – struggling all game shooting the ball – hitting a clutch 3-pointer with 23 seconds left.

Wait. That last one isn’t odd. It’s the new normal.

What they saw …

Here’s another oddity that occurred on TNT’s broadcast: The play-by-play voice, Brian Anderson, consistently gave viewers more insight than his analyst, former Michigan and NBA star Chris Webber.

Anderson did his homework on the eighth-ranked Zags (31-4) and it really helped down the stretch.

His day job consists of handling the play-by-play of Milwaukee Brewers baseball games, which probably is good training for the slow slog the upset-focused Spartans (27-8) turned this game into – a game that featured the teams combining to miss 37 of their 45 3-point attempts.

And it helped when Norvell connected on a long ball right in front of coach Mark Few.

Earlier in the game Anderson had mentioned Norvell’s Chicago roots, his high school’s pedigree – and his penchant for making the big shot. In other words, he introduced the March Madness fan to Gonzaga’s clutch shotmaker.

And then, after Norvell came through to give Gonzaga a 67-64 lead, he let the moment breathe.

“The freshman,” Anderson exclaimed. “Cold-blooded 3. And Gonzaga’s on top.”

Then he quieted for a few seconds as TNT showed the replay.

The picture cut to Marcy Few – coach Mark’s wife – in the stands as the shot went up. It was Anderson’s cue to return – with a rare mistake.

“From a high school gym a year ago to the NCAA Tournament,” Anderson said, forgetting Norvell redshirted at Gonzaga last season – a mistake he rightfully rectified after Norvell’s postgame interview.

But at this point the viewers saw Marcy Few throw her hands skyward and close her eyes in reaction to the shot going through.

Anderson framed it, saying, “The coach’s wife says, ‘That’s my guy.’ ”

The Few family served that role for the director as there were multiple shots of Marcy – as well as other members of Mark Few’s family, including his dad Norm. They seemed to be in place of the obligatory John Stockton shots we usually see.

There were no reaction shots from the stands just seconds later when Francis Alonso, who kept Greensboro close with 11 second-half points, was caught by referee Tommy Nunez Jr., pushing off against Silas Melson. But there was the right tone from Anderson.

“And now UNCG is in trouble,” he said as the replay rolled. “That’s a good call. Alonso has gotten away with a couple of push-offs earlier.”

What we saw …

The first answer to that question was not as much as we would have liked. In Gonzaga’s previous 34 games, none had the main camera angle this one did.

It was high enough up to feel as if we were watching from the top of the state capitol building or something.

The disconcerting view was made up some by the abundance of floor-level replays, something CBS and TBS are more than willing to give us.

Another thing the networks offer is unparalleled access to the participants, which is fitting when you are coughing up more than a billion dollars to be the NCAA’s broadcaster partner.

That access was on display just after the final horn, after the Zags had finished the game on a 6-0 run and after they survived missing 4 of 5 late free throws. It came in the form of a long interview with Few in which he sang Norvell’s praises to reporter Lisa Byington and the viewers.

“I knew right when he sized it up, it was going in,” Few said of Norvell’s tiebreaking shot, before alluding to the freshman’s 1 of 7 from beyond the arc previously. “Some of the other ones earlier, I knew weren’t going in.

“He’s made a bunch of them like that all year. … He’s got a little magic in him.”

Unlike the game, which opened with lots of banging, few whistles – in the first 4 minutes, 54 seconds, only Ray Mutilli called a foul and he called just four – and some shaky play.

It stayed like that throughout with UNC Greensboro, which trailed by nine at half, battling from behind before taking a 64-62 lead with 1:49 left.

Josh Perkins hit a jumper to tie it, Alonso missed on the other end and Norvell came through.

Webber summed it up for the Zags.

“They toughed out a good win.”