Another slow start put the No. 7 Arizona Wildcats in an early hole against the Stanford Cardinal on Wednesday Night in Tucson. The University of Arizona was celebrating the 40th Anniversary of one of the best home courts in college basketball, McKale Memorial Center. Sean Miller’s Wildcats showed up late for the party, finding themselves down 10-0 early on. I’m not sure what is more frustrating for Arizona fans…the team’s slow start, which is starting to become a regular problem or the fact that ESPN keeps assigning Bill Walton to do the way too colorful commentating. Twitter and Facebook were blowing up during the game with Bill Walton complaints and just plain confusion with the absurd things that comes out of the man’s mouth. Here are just a few examples:
“I really considered muting it. He’s certifiably insane!!” – Facebook Post
“Hard to mute because an even MORE ridiculous statement is just around the corner!” – Facebook Post
“Would love to watch Arizona v Stanford but Bill Walton is brutal, so brutal! Gotta find another game.” Twitter
“Wow… Bill Walton has to be one of the nine worst announcers in the history of college basketball!” Twitter
That last one from Twitter had to be my favorite as it was referencing some crazy lines that came out of Walton’s mouth during the broadcast: “With the way Oregon is playing you’d have to think Dominic Artis is one of the nine best players in the history of basketball.” and later on, “That had to be one of the nine worst possessions in Stanford Basketball History.”
Okay…back to the game. Both teams were struggling on the offensive end but Stanfords tight defense helped them hold the lead for most of the game. In true Arizona fashion, the Wildcats woke up late in the second half, went on a 9-0 run to take a four point lead and never looked back. The Cats got their 20th win of the season with the final score, 73-66. The team got a much needed spark throughout the game from bench player Angelo Chol.
With Brandon Ashley in foul trouble, Kaleb Tarczewski struggling and Grant Jerrett out with a foot injury, Chol got plenty of minutes and took advantage of the opportunity. He hustled up and down the court all game, was a defensive presence that the Cardinal was not ready for and was a beast on the boards. He finished with 8 rebounds, six points and my Stamp of Approval. Soloman Hill and Mark Lyons both had huge nights but at this point that is kind of expected from the two seniors while Chol stepped up unexpectedly to help his team get an import “W”.