Throw it down! 'Walton-isms' from tonight's UA basketball game

2013-03-15T22:14:00Z 2013-03-15T23:58:56Z Throw it down! 'Walton-isms' from tonight's UA basketball gameArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 15, 2013 10:14 pm  • 

Pac-12 Networks analyst Bill Walton was at his best during the Arizona Wildcats' 66-64 loss to UCLA tonight — or, for those who can't stand the big redhead, his worst. 

The Pac-12 kept track of "Walton-isms" — example: "One man gathers what another man spills" — throughout the Wildcats' loss to UCLA, and passed them along to us. (You can watch the video here).

Here are some, um, favorites: 

“There’s nothing wrong with being selfish in the team concept.” – on Shabazz Muhammad

“When I’m playing basketball, I want as little on me as possible. I want a tank top. I want a pair of shorts. I want two pairs of socks and a pair of shoes.” – Walton on UCLA’s alternative uniforms from Thursday

“Stars shining brightly on the strip in Las Vegas.” – Walton on UCLA F Shabazz Muhammad

“One man gathers what another man spills.” – Walton on UCLA Kyle Anderson, who finished the game with five steals

“What is a traveling violation? (Arizona) Brandon Ashley in the corner, pick a pivot foot please. The refs, I don’t care if they call a foul, but every single traveling violation should be called. That will immediately clean up the quality of play and eliminate all the pushing and shoving going on.” – Walton on a missed traveling call

“I’ve done a lot of cool things in my life, but this is right at the top. Oh my gosh.” – Walton on the Pac-12 Tournament experience in Las Vegas

“Throw it down big man! One time, throw it down!” – Walton on Arizona F Solomon Hill's dunk

“Up and down action, finally. Solomon Hill says, ‘there is nothing you can do about this. In your face!’” – Walton on dunk by Arizona F Solomon Hill

“Jordan Adams. Doesn’t look like much. Doesn’t have those bulging veins we’ve become so accustomed to. Doesn’t have those muscles where the neck disappears, but what a game, what a touch, what a heart.” – Walton on UCLA G Jordan Adams

“Jordan Adams has been the best individual player in this game today. His ability to hit the pull-up jumpers, not be out of control, stroke three pointers when they back off; Seemingly like Dr. Julius Erving from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst would be able to throw it up without even a prayer and it still goes gracefully through the twine. Only in Las Vegas at the MGM.” – Walton on UCLA G Jordan Adams

“And the UCLA faithful explodes in exultation and celebration.” – Walton on the UCLA win

“Thank you Brock. And thank you Australia.” – Walton on Washington State F Brock Motum

“This whole week has been better than perfect. Thank you Las Vegas, thank you MGM, thank you Pac-12.” – Walton on the Pac-12 Tournament experience

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Arizona 14 2 0 0.875 26 3 0 0.897
Utah 12 4 0 0.750 22 6 0 0.786
Oregon 10 5 0 0.667 20 8 0 0.714
Stanford 9 6 0 0.600 18 9 0 0.667
UCLA 9 7 0 0.563 17 12 0 0.586
Oregon State 8 8 0 0.500 16 11 0 0.593
Arizona State 7 8 0 0.467 16 13 0 0.552
Washington State 6 9 0 0.400 12 15 0 0.444
Colorado 5 9 0 0.357 12 13 0 0.480
California 5 9 0 0.357 15 12 0 0.556
Washington 4 12 0 0.250 15 13 0 0.536
USC 3 13 0 0.188 11 17 0 0.393

AP Top 25

Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Arizona at
2/28 62-57
Washington at
2/28 55-70
Oregon State at
3/1 1:00 pm
Oregon at
3/1 5:00 pm
Arizona State at
3/1 6:30 pm
Washington State at
3/1 7:30 pm
USC at
3/4 7:00 pm
Oregon at
Oregon State
3/4 9:00 pm
California at
3/5 7:00 pm
Colorado at
3/5 7:00 pm
Utah at
Washington State
3/5 9:00 pm
Stanford at
Arizona State
3/5 9:00 pm
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