A view TV watchers didn’t get. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

Tuesday’s Michigan-Ohio State basketball game featured two squads needing wins to stay in contention for NCAA tournament berths, not to mention arguably the nation’s best college rivalry, but ESPN decided viewers deserved more. And by “more,” I mean “a new camera angle that brought few benefits while obscuring many important plays.”

Yes, the Wolverines-Buckeyes tilt featured what the Worldwide leader described as a “Floor Seat” treatment,” one in which “viewers will get a close-up and personal look at the speed, physicality and skill from the highly-competitive players.” What viewers also got was a close-up look at the backsides of players and referees close to the cameras, often combined with a very poor look at whatever was happening near the baskets, which is usually, you know, important.

Remarkably, ESPN never deviated from this unorthodox approach throughout the game. Predictably, that led to much Internet outrage.

And there were plennnnnnnnnnty more where those came from. Some wondered why ESPN couldn’t have chosen to run the experiment on one of its many other stations, such as ESPNU, while other complaints included the distracting, herky-jerky nature of the camera work.

Also not thrilled at the innovation? One of the ESPN camera operators at the game, to judge from a reporter for the Michigan student newspaper.

Other than that, the “floor seat” treatment was a roaring success. Oh, and Ohio State beat Michigan, 76-66, so the telecast was truly a painful experience for Wolverines fans.

(H/T Awful Announcing)