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TV tweaks to the NCAA Tournament

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Much like Instagram, selfies, Cronuts and other marvels of the 2010s, it sometimes is difficult to recall what life was like before CBS and Turner started sharing coverage of the NCAA Tournament in 2011.

Remember yelling at the TV when CBS didn't switch quickly enough to a close game in Boise between two schools you never had heard of before that afternoon? How did we live like that?

These are more civilized times, thankfully, but the NCAA's television partners continue to tweak, including with the trio that will call the Final Four:

Greg Anthony has been transferred from the studio to the top announcing team, trading places with Clark Kellogg alongside Jim Nantz and Steve Kerr.

Turner's Ernie Johnson will be the lead host for the Final Four, but Greg Gumbel still is in the studio mix.

"We decided to shake things up a little bit," CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus understated. "We're not afraid to change."

The personnel shifts are not the only change. Another is that for the first time the national semifinals will be seen not on a broadcast network but on a cable channel: TBS. CBS still gets the national final.

That will be the plan again in 2015. In 2016, Turner will show the entire Final Four then alternate years with CBS.

Oh, and this: Tipoff for the title tilt will be 9:10 p.m. Eastern Time, about 15 minutes earlier than in past years.

One last wrinkle will arrive for the national semifinals, during which Turner will show the games on three channels - the traditional telecast on TBS plus "Teamcasts" on TNT and truTV.

The idea is to mount separate productions that feature announcers with ties to - and in-depth knowledge of - each team involved. They will be encouraged to be as homer-ific as they choose.

This has the potential to be an amusing diversion if the games are clunkers.

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