Dan Dakich has never been shy to share his opinions. It’s part of what makes him a must-watch announcer during Big Ten games – he’ll tell you what he thinks without any pretense of sugarcoating.


This season, that should be good news for Ohio State fans who want to get a handle on the Buckeyes. With Dakich’s son, Andrew, on Chris Holtmann’s roster as a graduate transfer, the former Bowling Green and Indiana coach has a greater reason than most to pay attention to Ohio State this year.


And on the most recent episode of “Courtside with Greenberg & Dakich,” which he does with fellow former coach Seth Greenberg, Dakich had a few things to say about the Buckeyes as the two discussed the merits of the Big Ten this season.


After discussing Iowa’s potential as a sleeper team this year, Dakich told Greenberg, “I’m gonna give you one other team, and you’re not going to believe me.”


Greenberg interjects, “Maryland,” and Dakich calls himself “a total homer” before getting into a prediction.


“Don’t forget I told you this, when Ohio State beats more than one good team next year,” he said.


Junior Keita Bates-Diop, who is coming off a medical redshirt year, “is feeling great,” Dakich said. The word from his son on freshman center Kaleb Wesson, is that he is “unbelievable.


“Andrew’s like, ‘Jae’Sean Tate, all these guys are in shape,’ ” Dakich said.


“I’m not saying they’re going to be in the top five in the league, but a lot of people (are saying) that Chris Holtmann doesn’t have a roster. Well, they haven’t paid attention to what Chris Holtmann’s done.”


Dakich pointed to the addition of Musa Jallow, a Bloomington, Indiana, native who graduated high school a year early and whom Dakich said he’s known since he was 2.


“He’s really good,” Dakich said. “I go top to bottom and I say to myself, ‘All right, man, who’s better? Who’s deeper?’ ”


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