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YouTube Finds: Bill Walton vs. Memphis State, 1973 NCAA Championship Game

Posted by Neil Paine on August 2, 2010

Before Bill Walton was leading the Blazers to a championship, bringing a spark off the bench for the Celtics, and saying hilariously weird things on television, he was one of the best players in college basketball history, helping UCLA survive the loss of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar without missing a beat. And Big Red was perhaps at his very finest in the 1973 National Championship Game against Larry Kenon and Memphis State, pouring in 44 points (on 21-22 shooting) and grabbing 13 boards en route to the Bruins' 87-66 victory. Thanks to the wonders of YouTube, here's Walton's performance, what some consider to be the best ever by a college player:

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10 Responses to “YouTube Finds: Bill Walton vs. Memphis State, 1973 NCAA Championship Game”

  1. P Middy Says:

    Nobody's biting? OK. Fiiiiiine.

    *Ahem*

    "Throw it down, Big Redhead. One Time!"

  2. Jason J Says:

    Love the way Walton knew what he wanted to do with the ball before he made the catch. Hate the way he hurt his ankle at the end. Love the way he looked like Will Farrell from Semi-Pro. Let's get tropical!

  3. Neil Paine Says:

    Which reminds me:

  4. P Middy Says:

    Dude! Farrell can shoot!

  5. Neil Paine Says:

    He embarrassed Walton out there... Maybe Bill should have been working on his J instead of pondering how Boris Diaw compares to a summer's day.

  6. marparker Says:

    Beautiful to watch. Wish I was around to have seen that. No big man I've seen played anything like that.

  7. Sean Says:

    What a great treat. Thanks, Neil.

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