At least one person thinks Michigan can beat Villanova in the 2018 National Championship Game. That person is Bill Walton.
Prior to tip-off on Monday night, Walton was on ESPN2 to explain why he was picking the underdog Wolverines in San Antonio. Walton did so in his unique manner.
Walton, a former NBA star and current ESPN college basketball analyst, rattled off a list of desert animals before explaining that Michigan players, including Moe Wagner and Zavier Simpson, can lift John Beilein’s team to a title.
“Beams of light, just illuminating everything. There were the aardvarks, there were the armadillos, there were the salamanders and the bats just flying across the sky,” Walton said. “It just came to me in a glorious moment that Moe Wagner, from Berlin, and little Zavier Simpson that Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Duncan Robinson, something good was going to happen.”
Walton ended his prediction with a line about Michigan celebrating on Marriage Island in San Antonio. Walton might not be correct — 24 of 25 other ESPN analysts picked Villanova — but his prediction cannot be duplicated.
Here it is in its glorious entirety:
Bill Walton picked Michigan to beat Villanova in the most Bill Walton way possible
This is Bill Walton after smoking peyote for 6 straight days in a Texas desert: pic.twitter.com/idxpbz1lVq
— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) April 3, 2018
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