Walton is a UCLA alum and an unabashed Pac-12 homer. Listen to him on an ESPN game broadcast and you’ll hear Walton endlessly wax poetic about his beloved “Conference of Champions.”
Last Sunday, when the 68-team tournament bracket was announced, Walton revealed his Final Four to his ESPN play-by-play partner Dave Pasch. He picked five Pac-12 teams for the four spots, including two from the same region.
Bill Walton’s Final Four: USC, Colorado, Oregon State, Oregon (despite being in USC’s region), UCLA (despite that you can only have 4 teams in the final four).
— Dave Pasch (@DavePasch) March 14, 2021
Walton might have been a little facetious with his picks, but at the same time, he might have been deadly serious. He’s just a different dude.
Either way, with the Pac-12 off and running so far, people have been talking about the big redhead’s prognosticating skills.
We are living in a Bill Walton wet dream. I keep checking my inbox for Dead and Company tour announcements https://t.co/f2PlkBCVwv
— Mitchell Byars (@mitchellbyars) March 22, 2021
Bill Walton is gonna be insufferable
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) March 22, 2021
Bill Walton said 5 Pac 12 teams were going to the Final 4 and I think he was on to something
— Eric Hubbs (@BarstoolHubbs) March 22, 2021
Right now, three of the five Pac-12 teams are through to the Sweet 16, with UCLA and USC still to play tonight.
Bill Walton’s Final Four dream remains alive.