The year before Andrew Dakich arrived at Michigan, the program made a run to the 2013 NCAA championship game. Dakich then began his four-year career in Ann Arbor, a stretch in which the Wolverines made an Elite 8 and two Sweet 16s but never father than that. After last season, he left, deciding to play at Ohio State as a graduate transfer. And while Gonzaga eliminated his Buckeyes in the Round of 32, his former team again advanced to the national title.
Dakich joked about these developments on the Expresso Radio Podcast on Wednesday, proclaiming himself “the curse for Michigan basketball.”
Sorry UM. It’s the curse of @daycheck3 & he talked about it yesterday on Espresso Radio ⤵️
— Joey (@JoeyMulinaro) April 4, 2018
“I am the curse,” Dakich added. “My class is definitely the curse of Michigan basketball.”
After averaging less than 5.3 minutes per game while at Michigan, Dakich was a solid bench contributor for the Buckeyes this season by playing 19.0 minutes per game. Still, had he stayed with the Wolverines, he may have had a chance to slow down Donte DiVincenzo and perhaps deliver Michigan its second-ever national title.