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How do we feel about Dan Dakich covering UK’s Bahamas games?


Earlier today, it was confirmed that Dan Dakich will be part of the broadcast crew covering Kentucky’s games in the Bahamas. This won’t be Dakich’s first trip to the Atlantis with the Cats; he and Dave O’Brien covered Kentucky’s 115-69 win over Arizona State back in November 2016, a game that included De’Aaron Fox’s triple double, only the second in program history (even if he was accidentally credited with Wenyen Gabriel’s assist). In an interview with KSR, Dakich called Kentucky’s win one of the most dominant performances he’s ever seen.

“I’m not so sure I’ve ever seen a better performance of that in my broadcast career. Honest to God,” Dakich said. “I think Arizona State came out to play, I mean, they were gonna try…That deal was over in two minutes.”

In the first half, Dakich also correctly predicted Fox’s triple double and the final score:

Sadly, in his interview on KSR, he also predicted which team would ultimately stop the Cats.

“I think North Carolina can give anyone problems. They can score with you, veteran guys,” Dakich said, referencing the regular season game between the two teams in Vegas. “Carolina/Kentucky’s going to be a hell of game. In fact, I didn’t have a game on the 17th, I was hoping that game was in Rupp because I want to see that one as a fan because that’s going to be a hell of a game. That might be 300 points scored in that damn game between the two of them. And that would be the only team.”

For a guy who has a history of trolling — and blocking — Kentucky fans, Dakich sure played nice on that trip, and his comments about Reid Travis on a recent podcast with Seth Greenberg suggest he’ll do the same at the Atlantis next month.

“I thought it was the best pickup anyone had in the offseason,” Dakich said of Travis. “It’s the kind of pickup, when you look in March or April and say, ‘Man, Cal and Kentucky are in the Final Four,’ ‘Cal and Kentucky are in the Championship game,’ ‘Cal and Kentucky won a national championship,’ one of the reasons, if not the reason, is going to be the pickup of Reid Travis.”

He’s right, which brings to my quandary with Dakich. I really like him as an analyst, but on social media, he is the absolute worst. After covering Kentucky at the Atlantis in 2016, Dakich went out of his way to praise Derek Willis, but several months later, used Willis as an example of how college athletes get free stuff, like tattoos, all the time, a claim which Derek rightfully shot down:

Dan Dakich uses Derek Willis’ tattoos to argue against NCAA paying players

Dakich took it even further by bringing up Willis’ public intoxication arrest, another example of how he crosses the line way too often on Twitter. And, what he dishes, he can’t take. For reasons I can’t remember, he blocked me, which should make for a fun icebreaker while we wait in the line for the waterslides at the Atlantis next month. I’ll finally get the chance to thank him in person!

I’m sure Dakich will behave in front of the cameras, but if not, remember that you can turn the sound down and listen to Tom and Mike on 630 WLAP, its affiliates, or UKAthletics.com.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

25 responses to “How do we feel about Dan Dakich covering UK’s Bahamas games?”

  1. Realme

    Good. He’s an excellent analyst.

  2. kyle heavy

    Feel good about it. I thought he did a great job calling the games last season.

  3. sincitycat

    I think he is funny and knows the game. And, he’s not Duke Vitale.

  4. bpisforuk

    Tyler nailed it. He’s a great in game analyst but outside of the game he says things to get clicks or stir things up but unless you’re Jay Bilas that’s standard operating procedure in the business right now. Can’t hate on him for that.

    1. chardun20

      Why?

  5. runningunnin.454

    Well, everybody is being soooo nice. He blocked me, and…I look at it like a medal…of honor.

    1. Emerson Biggins

      Did you deserve it?

    2. runningunnin.454

      Of course not; he was trashing the UK Women’s Team; and, I only suggested that he was harboring an unhealthy obsession with UK, and that he would benefit from comprehensive psychiatric analysis.

    3. J. Did

      Eye You fans, in large part, are RACISTS. No – wholly. Racists.

      Having said that, they hate Kentuckians, they hate African-Americans, they hate Americans not from their state, and they hate anybody they can’t beat.

      Simply put, it is how eye you rolls.

      Arguably the shittiest college in the big tent – yet, they THINK they are the ‘beast’. Tired. Little. college.

      And Damn-Dick-Itch vows to rep KENTUCKY – in a good light – on National TV?

      I think NOT.

      Dick-itch is a loser; a loser, and as ash-mouth…..of UTMOST proportion.

      To Heurll with Damn-dick-itch.

    4. JoeMoney333

      Has anyone else noticed the tend where ignorant people use terrible puns as a way to insult someone and act as if it is, one, insulting, and two, clever? Online conservatives latched on to it first by now it seems anyone does it.

    5. 4everUKblue

      Where exactly is Eye You?

  6. randyt

    No problem. Man knows his basketball.

  7. bruce122767

    I enjoy listening to him cover a game.

  8. chardun20

    Wow

  9. bosshogg24

    Dakich blocked me also!

  10. Luether

    It’s hard to image anyone blocking Mrs TT…

  11. kydrummer

    I love it! I wish he could replace Dickie V!

  12. J. Did

    Damn Dick-itch is eye you born and bread, and yellow corn and well-red….as in red neck racist.

    IU fans are racist and absolutely despise KENTUCKY.

    Repeat & caveat: NEVER let this IU guy….ever…….dupe you into thinking otherwise.

    Dick-itch HATES KENTUCKY….always has…..his status will NEVER change.

    Warning…..Warning…….Warning….

  13. UKinIN

    He’s getting a week in the Bahamas because of UK and ESPN is paying the bill. If he’s not happy with that he’s not human.

  14. goose2

    He knows basketball. Im glad I dont lived my life reading twitter.

  15. catfan838

    Who cares? I live in indy and listen to him. He is not as bad as you make him out to be. He hates in IU a lot also and yes I have to be the biggest UK in the entire state of Indiana.

  16. antiquefurnitureandmidgets

    Good. One of the best in the business.

  17. Rabbi Li

    There are plenty of better analyst out there. As in if Dakich was actually compared to other color guys he wouldn’t be getting work outside of the Big 10.

    Unfortunately ESPN is no longer emphasizes sports programming.

  18. rickshelton

    I have no problem with Dakich. He seems to have no issue with calling it like he sees it. And his voice is a lot less annoying than others and he didn’t go to Duke!

  19. Kat4Life

    I do not like him in a tree
    I do not like him drinking tea
    I do not like him in a boat
    I do not like him with a goat
    I do not care for Pudweed Dan
    I’ll axe the volume, cause I can……..