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Dan Dakich explains why he thinks the Cats will go 40-0

During last night’s telecast of the Syracuse/Michigan game, our old pal Dan Dakich said he believes Kentucky will go 40-0. Yes, that Dan Dakich. Matt invited him on the show this morning to explain why he thinks the Cats will win out, and Dakich said it all comes down to toughness and talent.

“They have great talent, obviously and a terrific front court, but I think the Harrisons and the entire operation got so tough during that run,” Dakich said, describing how the Twins and the entire team matured from when he watched them lose to LSU to the postseason. “This is a really tough group, and when you watched them down the stretch in the NCAA tournament, they didn’t beat teams because they out-talented them, they beat them because they out-toughed them in the end.”

Dakich also brought up a point his colleague Mike Tirico made last night: two platoons have to have bad nights for UK to lose. Sure, anything can happen on any given night, but Kentucky’s depth, talent, and toughness have made even the trolliest of trolls a believer. “I think the toughness that they showed–and that carries over, it just does–and you combine it with the talent, and John obviously knows how to win games…I just don’t see anybody with the same firepower they have.”

Like most of us, Dakich thinks Calipari will abandon the platoon system at some point down the road. “Again, when you have 10, 8 and you’re not playing well–I don’t know how Kentucky fans feel, but I think that platoon system if it gets real sexy, it’s going out the window,” Dakich said. “I guarantee you John knows that this team can do undefeated. I guarantee John wants that so freaking bad that he can taste it. I don’t care what he says, I don’t care how he acts, so if it comes down to it in some game, and it probably, will, he’s going to play the best guys.”

Dakich said that a lot of Kentucky’s toughness stems from the Harrison Twins. “Tyler Ulis is a good player, but there isn’t a chance in hell I’m starting him–I don’t care platoon system or anything–over those two guys,” Dakich said. “You can give me the Harrisons any freaking time to win big ball games.”

“There’s always going to be close teams, but again, there you go into the toughness that they grew into last year. I saw it for myself,” Dakich said. “That’s a hell of a thing to have, that’s a hell of a thing to develop into, and that’s what I think will carry Kentucky, as much as the talent.”

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6 Comments for Dan Dakich explains why he thinks the Cats will go 40-0

  1. Kevin C
    12:38 pm December 3, 2014 Permalink

    Whether or not he’s being genuine, whether or not he has an ulterior motive behind his comments…I just can’t be bothered to give a F*** what Jan Jockitch thinks.

  2. RealCatsFan
    12:53 pm December 3, 2014 Permalink

    I actually think he articulated his thoughts very well, and agree with a lot of what he said. Gained a lot of respect for him, not just because he had glowing things to say about the Cats. I think he pretty much tells it like he sees it, and that’s good to see with a broadcaster. We may not always agree with him (like last year when he wasn’t on board with the Cats), but he was pretty much on the money, if I recall correctly.

  3. Time Expired
    2:45 pm December 3, 2014 Permalink

    He who listens to fools are foolish.

  4. theWilkman
    4:01 pm December 3, 2014 Permalink

    Say what you want about Dan Dakitch, but I’ve listened to him fill in for radio hosts on ESPN, heard him call games, and the only time I’ve thought he was way off base was his comments in late 2011 that IU could beat UK and it wouldn’t be an upset. He was right that they could win, but it was still an upset.

    Other than that, he actually seems to have a good basketball head on his shoulders and against my better judgement, I’ve agreed with many things he’s said. These comments today especially.

  5. catgut
    4:11 pm December 3, 2014 Permalink

    These comments by Dan Dakich are what Coach Calipari refers to as the 100 pound coat….Tyler Ulis is our guard and is one of the best in the NCAA..and…Dakich knows it…

  6. Catsby80
    4:50 pm December 3, 2014 Permalink

    dooooonnnnnn’t caaaarrrreeee what dakich says. once a troll, always a troll.