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Dan Dakich on UK’s win over Arizona State: “I’m not so sure I’ve ever seen a better performance in my broadcast career”

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Photo by Chet White

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On Monday night, Dan Dakich called Kentucky’s 115-69 win over Arizona State for ESPN, and today, he came on Kentucky Sports Radio and said it’s the best performance he’s covered during his broadcast career.

“I’m not so sure it wasn’t the best performance I’ve ever done a game of. I’m telling you, from start to finish, a couple of things were involved. Number one, and I said this on the broadcast, they have more talent, Kentucky did, but number two, and probably more important, they played harder than Arizona State did, which is a deadly combination. I mean, damn, if you’re going to have more talent and you’re gonna play hard enough. Number three, they played smarter. I’m not so sure — now, I haven’t done, I think I’ve done three Kentucky games — I’m not so sure, regardless of the talent level, that Kentucky has had, I’m not so sure I’ve ever seen a better performance of that in my broadcast career. Honest to God.”

“I think Arizona State came out to play, I mean, they were gonna try,” Dakich added. “That deal was over in two minutes.”

Who can beat Kentucky right now? According to Dakich, the only team with a shot is the one the Cats face in Las Vegas on December 17.

“I think North Carolina can give anyone problems. They can score with you, veteran guys,” Dakich said. “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. I’ve watched Indiana, Indiana can’t play with them, not what I saw. I watched Louisville, Louisville can’t begin to play with them. Michigan State, maybe if Duke gets its team back. Kentucky’s going to have to have one of those West Virginia nights from the Boogie Cousins/Wall days to lose a game.”

Dakich added that he expects Kentucky’s shooting to improve over the year as Fox continues to develop along with Monk and Mulder. And don’t forget Derek Willis.

“I think [Derek] Willis is a damn pro, man, honest to God. And I’m watching him in person thinking, holy cow. And he’ll shoot the ball better.”

Top to bottom, on the court and off, Dakich left the Bahamas VERY impressed by the Cats.

What I saw was, holy hell, this team is good. And tough. And really connected. They don’t have any egos, I’m watching them around the hotel, I was in the airport with them yesterday, just good dudes. Just dudes that are having fun. I talked to Cal for just a minute, not very long, you can tell he enjoys them too. It doesn’t sound like much, but it’s huge.”

Yes, it is. Listen to Dakich’s entire interview below, which includes him admitting he trolls the BBN on Twitter from time to time when he’s bored.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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13 Comments for Dan Dakich on UK’s win over Arizona State: “I’m not so sure I’ve ever seen a better performance in my broadcast career”



  1. Ridge Runner
    1:50 pm November 30, 2016 Permalink

    Wow, I knew he called a good game when I watched and he was sincere but didn’t know he was that blown away.



  2. Rauh Gauh
    2:09 pm November 30, 2016 Permalink

    Dan needs to call ever Kentucky game hahahaha



  3. rkmattox
    2:13 pm November 30, 2016 Permalink

    You have to like Dakich. Most of his insights regarding basketball are right on and he is very entertaining when calling games.



    • Luether
      4:46 pm November 30, 2016 Permalink

      Plus he correctly predicted that Ky would score 115 – right on the money…



    • Luether
      4:46 pm November 30, 2016 Permalink

      And you gotta love his “Hoop Scoop”…



    • UK Big Board Update
      9:30 pm November 30, 2016 Permalink

      Luether loves Dakich because he respects his trolling ability.



  4. EdC
    2:15 pm November 30, 2016 Permalink

    Wow. It was clear that during the game he was impressed but an IU guy with a UK bro crush. Crazy crazy stuff.



  5. Sentient Third Eye
    2:56 pm November 30, 2016 Permalink

    I still think his style is too distracting from the game. Is ESPN grooming him to be a Dickey V type or something? Maybe that explains his “nice” transformation?



    • catdaddyd
      3:03 pm November 30, 2016 Permalink

      I don’t agree with that, it was a blowout from the get go and he stayed on point. Vitale would be talking about hot stove baseball during an OT game.



    • EdC
      3:27 pm November 30, 2016 Permalink

      If that were the case he would have been blowing sunshine up Duke and Krykryski’s rear for 1/2 the game that they weren’t even in.



  6. sincitycat
    3:15 pm November 30, 2016 Permalink

    Dukie V. needs to be sent to the same pasture containing Digger Phelps.



  7. GoodOlJDub
    3:38 pm November 30, 2016 Permalink

    Not only did he speak of nothing but basketball but he stayed with info, stories, and insight that pertained to the game. He still hasn’t won me over but it was very refreshing to hear……as tough as that is to say. Whats a Hoosier anyway? His open and honest disdain for Coach Knight – not blowing things out of proportion but giving his honest opinion was great to hear. Would not mind if he called more games.



  8. winagain1
    6:19 pm November 30, 2016 Permalink

    I loved it when he grilled the ref over not giving Monk the ‘And 1’ … he said, “that’s an and 1 at every place and level of basketball except here.” And “ref’s never played or seen athletes like that.”
    He was entertaining in a blowout game that most people in the country probably were changing channels.