TV Take: Gonzaga’s opening, closing stretches looked even better from new camera viewpoint

Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura roars after scoring and fouled against Ohio State, Saturday, March, 17, 2018, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Id. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga forward Rui Hachiura rejects a shot by Keita Bates-Diop of Ohio State, Saturday, March, 17, 2018, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Id. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga guard Zach Norvell Jr. muscles a rebound against Ohio State, Saturday, March, 17, 2018, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Id. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins crashes into the Zag bench chasing a ball against Ohio State, Saturday, March, 17, 2018, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Id. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga center Jacob Larson (14) and forward Corey Kispert battle Ohio State forwards Kaleb Wesson (34) and Kyle Young for a rebound, Saturday, March, 17, 2018, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Id. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura rejects a shot by Ohio State forward JaeÕSean Tate, Saturday, March, 17, 2018, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Id. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga fans Liam Lloyd (towel) and AJ Few (headband), sons of Zag coaches, roar with delight for GU against Ohio State on Saturday at Taco Bell Arena in Boise. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga forward Jeremy Jones (22) and guard Josh Perkins pressure Ohio State guard C,J. Jackson, Saturday, March, 17, 2018, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Id. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams battles Ohio State forward Kaleb Wesson for a rebound, Saturday, March, 17, 2018, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Id. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Rui Hachimura (21) shoots against Ohio State during the first half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Rui Hachimura (21) shoots foul shots after picking up a flagrant foul from Ohio State Buckeyes forward Kaleb Wesson (34) during the first half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura is fouled by Ohio State forward Kaleb Wesson during the first half Saturday at Taco Bell Arena in Boise. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Rui Hachimura (21) rebounds the ball during the first half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs head coach Mark Few reacts to an early play during the first half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Josh Perkins (13) drives the ball during the first half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Ohio State Buckeyes forward Andre Wesson (24) passes against Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Zach Norvell Jr. (23) during the first half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Josh Perkins (13) shoots against Ohio State Buckeyes forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) during the first half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Rui Hachimura (21) blocks a shot by Ohio State Buckeyes forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) during the first half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Silas Melson (0) drives to the hoop against Ohio State during the first half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Zach Norvell Jr. (23) is fouled by Ohio State Buckeyes guard Kam Williams (15) during the first half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Zach Norvell Jr. (23) rebounds the ball against Ohio State Buckeyes guard Kam Williams (15) during the first half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Ohio State Buckeyes guard C.J. Jackson (3) drives against Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Josh Perkins (13) during the first half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Ohio State Buckeyes guard C.J. Jackson (3) reaches for the ball against Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Killian Tillie (33) during the first half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Zach Norvell Jr. (23) looks for a shot against Ohio State during the first half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Zach Norvell Jr. (23) shoots against Ohio State Buckeyes center Micah Potter (0) during the first half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Killian Tillie (33) rebounds the ball during the first half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Zach Norvell Jr. (23) drives to the basket during the first half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga and Ohio State vie for a rebound during the first half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga guard Zach Norvell Jr. battles Ohio State guard JaeÕSean Tate for a loose ball, Saturday, March, 17, 2018, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Id. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga guard Zach Norvell Jr. hits a big 3-pointer late over Ohio State forward Andre Wesson on Saturday. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga guard Zach Norvell Jr. beats Ohio State guard Kam Williams, right, and forward Keita Bates-Diop to the basket, Saturday, March, 17, 2018, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Id. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Johnathan Williams (3) dunks the ball during the first half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga guard Silas Melson battles Ohio State guard Kam Williams for a loose ball, Saturday, March, 17, 2018, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Id. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga guard Zach Norvell Jr. takes Ohio State Kaleb Wesson the the basket, Saturday, March, 17, 2018, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Id. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga guard Corey Kiispert signals a 3-pint basket by teammate Zach Norvell Jr. against Ohio State, Saturday, March, 17, 2018, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Id. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Josh Perkins (13) reaches for the ball against Ohio State Buckeyes guard Andrew Dakich (13) during the first half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Ohio State reacts as they extend their lead over Gonzaga during the second half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Ohio State Buckeyes forward Jae'Sean Tate (1) snags the ball from Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Silas Melson (0) during the second half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Ohio State forward Keita Bates-Diop shoots against Gonzaga during the second half Saturday at Taco Bell Arena in Boise. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Johnathan Williams (3) during the second half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga band members cheer for the Zags against Ohio State, Saturday, March, 17, 2018, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Id. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Jade Wade, wife of Gonzaga guard Jesse Wade cheers on the Zags against Ohio State, Saturday, March, 17, 2018, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Jade Wade, wife of Gonzaga guard Jesse Wade, cheers for the Zags against Ohio State, Saturday, March, 17, 2018, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga guard Zach Norvell Jr. is horse-collared by Ohio State Kam Williams, Saturday, March, 17, 2018, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Id. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Silas Melson (0) lays in the ball against Ohio State during the second half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Rui Hachimura (21) battles Ohio State during the second half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Ohio State Buckeyes forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) lays in the ball against Gonaga during the second half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga head coach Mark Few makes a point during the first half of Saturday’s win over Ohio State. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga sophomore forward Rui Hachimura finished 6 for 12 from the free-throw line in Saturday’s victory against Ohio State in Boise. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Ohio State Buckeyes' bench reacts during the second half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Ohio State Buckeyes guard Kam Williams (15) shoots against Gonzaga during the second half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
A new Gonzaga fan cheers during the second half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Ohio State Buckeyes guard Kam Williams (15) reacts against Gonzaga during the second half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Silas Melson (0) grabs a loose ball against Ohio State Buckeyes guard Musa Jallow (2) during the second half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Rui Hachimura (21) celebrates during the second half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Killian Tillie (33) chest bumps Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Josh Perkins (13) as they begin to rebuild their lead against Ohio State during the first half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
GU's bench reacts during the second half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga players Jesse Wade, Jeremy Jones, Johnathan Williams and Corey Kispert, left to right, celebrate a basket by teammate Killian Tillie against Ohio State on Saturday at Taco Bell Arena in Boise. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura finished the game with a slam dunk against Ohio State, Saturday, March, 17, 2018, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Id. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga guards Josh Perkins and Zach Norvell Jr. celebrate the win over Ohio State, Saturday, March, 17, 2018, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Id. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Joel Ayayi (11) celebrates with Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Rui Hachimura (21) after they defeated Ohio State during the second half of the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga coach Mark Few embraces guard Zach Norvell Jr. after the Zags defeated Ohio State, Saturday, March, 17, 2018, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Id. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Corey Kispert (24) celebrates as he heads off the court after defeating Ohio State in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Rui Hachimura (21) heads off the court after defeating Ohio State during the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Zach Norvell Jr. (23) embraces guard Silas Melson (0) as guard Josh Perkins (13) after they defeated Ohio State in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

The view of Gonzaga’s 90-84 NCAA second-round win over Ohio State was better for the television audience, though many things they saw might have been better avoided. Except, maybe, the final six minutes of the game Saturday night.

What they saw …

CBS and the NCAA heard complaints on social media and elsewhere after Thursday’s opening-round games from Boise’s Taco Bell Arena, based on the height of the main, midcourt camera. The players seemed small compared to usual view.

And, as hard as it may be to believe, they acted.

Seats were cleaned out – the 60 people who were moved closer to the action also received $20 concession credit – and the camera lowered a level. Which made it easier to see one of the more-overofficiated games of the season.

And, according to Brian Anderson, doing the play-by-play, and analyst Chris Webber, one of the better-played games of the season.

Which is a bit surprising, considering Terry Oglesby, Gerry Pollard and Lee Cassell, the guys with the whistles, used them to call 46 fouls.

Flow? There was none.

Though at first there was, as Gonzaga, which defeated Ohio State by 27 in their November PK80 meeting, jumped out to a 15-0 lead. The Buckeyes (25-9) struggled to guard Zach Norvell outside and Johnathan Williams and Rui Hachimura inside.

The former never changed – Norvell finished with a game-high 28 points, including a 3-pointer with 2 minutes, 17 seconds left that gave Gonzaga a 76-69 lead and made Webber ask, rhetorically, “How about the difficulty of that shot?”

The latter did, for a while, as Williams, Hachimura and Killian Tillie, who were controlling the inside, sat extended minutes after picking up a couple of hard-to-fathom fouls.

Pollard, who works mostly SEC games, called both of Tillie’s and Hachimura’s second of the first half, both over-the-back fouls which replay showed didn’t include contact.

With the GU bigs in foul trouble – Jeremy Jones and Jacob Larsen both played inside in the first half – the 13th-ranked Buckeyes clawed back, and made a concerted run to open the second half.

The Zags (32-4 and headed to Los Angeles for the West Region’s Sweet 16) tried to protect their bigs coming out of halftime by playing zone, but that allowed Ohio State to heat up from outside. Within minutes the 11-point halftime lead was gone.

Ohio State led by five when Keita Bates-Diop hit a 3-pointer with 6 minutes left. But Norvell answered, part of an 11-0 run that was culminated by a shot-clock beating Hachimura 3-pointer.

Ohio State and Gonzaga are exchanging threes in CRUNCH TIME! 👌#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/2GqZJu7L5R

— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 18, 2018

“Rui Hachimura hit four 3-pointers all year,” Anderson exclaimed after the shot put GU up 73-67, “and he hits a desperation 3 at the end of the shot clock to give them a six-point lead.”

“The big fella stepping up,” Webber added as the CBS cameras caught one of Hachimura’s trademark smiles.

ZAGS with another CLUTCH THREE! 😳#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/GivupadiXr

— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 18, 2018

What we saw …

We didn’t see Mark Few’s wife Marcy until there were eight minutes remaining, when sideline reporter Lisa Byington did a short report on her reactions Thursday night. At that point Ohio State was leading 62-58. From there, we saw Marcy Few off and on and the fourth-seeded Bulldogs outscored OSU by 10 points.

Coincidence? Sure, but there was a correlation between Hachimura’s 25-point, five rebound, four-block performance and Gonzaga’s victory.

The most impressive of the four blocks came with 1:55 left as Bates-Diop drove for what seemed to be a lead-cutting layup.

Hachimura rose up – replays showed his head above the rim – and tossed the ball into the corner, where Norvell ran it down and was fouled.

Zags with the HUGE DENIAL! 🚫#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/L5Zb6VKWTv

— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 18, 2018

Norvell hit both free throws – after starting the game missing 10 of 14, Gonzaga hit 15 of its final 17 – to help clinch the win.

There were a couple of anxious moments, though, including one courtesy of a missed replay review.

With about 30 seconds left, the Buckeyes knocked the ball away from Hachimura and it was batted out of bounds. The officials ruled it went off Norvell, but they went to replay. So did CBS.

Anderson and Webber watched. They agreed. The ball seemed to have been last touched by OSU’s Andrew Dakich, as a slow-motion replay showed his fingertips altering the rotation of the ball. But, after a short review, the call stood.

“Wow, that’s going to stay the possession of Ohio State?” Anderson asked. “That’s a missed call.”

Webber agreed.

“I don’t know how you can miss it with the video,” he said.

Anderson took a breath and mentioned the Buckeyes were getting a much-needed break.

They received a few. But Hachimura, Norvell and Gonzaga made sure they didn’t make a difference.

Zach Norvell Jr. got the honors this time. #Gonzaga moving on in the NCAA Tournament. pic.twitter.com/laPtKapIfl

— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) March 18, 2018