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TV Take: ESPN analysts praise Zags as Final Four team

When a player scores a career-high 36 points, all while missing just three shots, grabbing 11 rebounds and handing out six assists, it’s hard to say anything negative. So ESPN’s Adrian Branch didn’t even try.

TV Take: Santa Shem and his helper Rem a gift to those stuck at home

Those folks lucky enough to score tickets to a Gonzaga home basketball game have a cachet in Spokane. It’s a type of caste system, the haves and the have-nots. But watching at home can have its rewards as well. As it did Wednesday night for Gonzaga’s 102-65 win over the obviously overmatched South Dakota Coyotes. Santa Shem and his helper Rem brought every viewer a gift.

TV Take: Gonzaga learns it can handle a physical battle thanks to Akron’s ‘fight’

If you missed the Gonzaga game Saturday night and only caught the score later, you might be surprised to learn it was a battle. Or, as Richard Fox called it on the KHQ broadcast, “a fist fight.” After all, the final score was 61-43 in Gonzaga’s favor, the Zags’ 10th win in as many games this season. Doesn’t sound all that tight.

TV Take: Simon had to have his say as the Zags rout Washington

More than likely when the ESPN announcing duo of Beth Mowins and Miles Simon found out they would be doing the renewal of Gonzaga’s series with Washington on Wednesday night, they didn’t suspect they would have to talk about everything but the game, which finished 98-71 in host GU’s favor.

TV Take: Karnowski, Gonzaga lucky to have Bilas in the right place at the right time

Sometimes there is a cosmic confluence of game and commentator. Usually that means Bill Walton is doing an ESPN college basketball game. Cosmic might be Big Bill’s middle name. But Saturday there was a convergence as well. And Walton wasn’t anywhere near the Staples Center for Gonzaga’s nationally televised non-conference matchup with Arizona.

TV Take: The only battle for Gonzaga’s home-bound fans was finding the right channel

Worry isn’t a word that should be used when the 8th-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs are playing a home game against a 0-8 opponent. But there it was Thursday night, coming into play. Not about the outcome of the game, mind you, but for those of us at home, counting on Comcast to deliver the goods, worry about just finding the contest.

TV Take: Gonzaga overcomes adversity, Gators in tournament semifinal

Gonzaga coach Mark Few knew Friday night’s game in Orlando against Florida would be the Zags’ sternest test of the season to this point. And it was the same for their fans watching the AdvoCare Invitational semifinal at home in Spokane. It wasn’t just the contest, a 77-72 Gonzaga win after the Bulldogs trailed by five at halftime. It was also the homespun nature of the ESPNU broadcast.

TV Take: Gonzaga’s holiday feast included a few too many turnovers early

So what else is there to do on Thanksgiving afternoon besides watch a Gonzaga basketball game from Florida? Eat a little bit? Sure. Catch some of the traditional holiday NFL game from Dallas? Maybe. Settle down for the John Wayne marathon on AMC? OK, that’s hard to resist. But all of those took a backseat Thursday, though, if you are a Gonzaga fan. The Zags were on. Playing in a tournament in which they have never lost.