You’ll be hard-pressed to find a fanbase that gets more delight out of the Kentucky Wildcats’ misfortunes than the Indiana Hoosiers. Naturally, one of Indiana’s loudest voices, Dan Dakich, took a victory lap after the Wildcats’ stunning loss to Evansville yesterday.
During a halftime segment on ESPN, Dakich and analyst Seth Greenberg discussed Kentucky’s stunning loss at length. When Greenberg asserted that Kentucky was not defending well, Dakich let loose.
Dakich called the team “as soft as they have ever been, [on] both ends of the court.” He asserted that Kentucky was almost helpless against the Purple Aces.
“You know what else you’re not going to see? Kentucky throwing the ball on the block once and play[ing] hard,” Dakich said. “I thought Kentucky was about as soft as they have ever been, both ends of the court. Nobody on the backboard, there you get a drive [on the highlight], but it’s desperation late.
“Nobody on the backboard, nobody in the post, nobody aggressively defending the ball, Seth,” Dakich said. “We watched the entire game, and there was nothing that Kentucky could do.”
As for Dakich’s Indiana Hoosiers, they spent last night easily dispatching North Alabama at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
The Indiana fans were so pleased to see the Wildcats lose that they began an “Evansville” chant during the game.
It’s pretty clear that the animosity between Indiana and Kentucky hasn’t gone away despite the two teams no longer playing each other regularly.
We can only hope that the two sides channel their off-the-field barbs into future games.