Bill Walton had some fun with an in-game caller on the ESPN 2 broadcast during UCLA’s dramatic 65-62 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday night at Pauley Pavilion. That caller was Digger Phelps, a college basketball analyst for ESPN from 1993-2014, and the head basketball coach at Notre Dame from 1971-91. Phelps’ Notre Dame team shocked Walton and UCLA 71-70 in 1974, snapping UCLA’s incredible 88-game winning streak.

And when Phelps called into the broadcast, Walton made sure to be very, well, Walton-esque with the treatment.

Walton asked “Who is this?” several times, and told Digger, “I thought you were dead.”

A few minutes into the conversation, Walton asked Digger, “You are still alive?”

“What are you doing these days? Are you like a vampire that comes out?”

When Phelps hung up, Walton said, “Digger is the devil. I thought he was dead.”

Dave Pasch had to enjoy listening to Walton do this to somebody else on the broadcast for once.

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