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:
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.