Gophers Favored Tonight vs #9 Terrapins; Kerwin Walton and 10+ NBA Scouts at Barn to Watch Showdown

Forward Jalen Smith leaps to contest a shot during Maryland’s 69-60 win over Minnesota at Xfinity Center on March 8, 2019. (Corey Hart/The Diamondback)

Tonight is massive on so many levels, Minnesota Gopher Fam! We have a dozen or so NBA scouts on hand to watch Daniel Oturu and others show off their talent.

Dan is being floated as a 1st round pick recently, should he decide to make the NBA jump after his Sophomore season. Some would call him crazy if he doesn’t but Richard has talked about how much Dan loves the college life… so we’ll see. Either way, in today’s basketball world, this is the shit you are going to deal with if you bring in top-level kids, and then raise them properly. You need to be able to retool.

Marcus Carr is someone scouts are probably keeping one eye on too, given they are already in the building.

On the Maryland side, Jalen Smith is another big man who is currently projected to go in the 1st round of most NBA mock drafts. He likes to bang down low just like Oturu so we’ll get to see a lot of those two battling for their future draft status. There is no way Pitino lets Smith go to work vs Alihan Demir.

Richard Pitino can’t worry too much about who is there to take Daniel from him. He is hoping his future is there watching too. His biggest target still available for the 2020 recruiting class, Kerwin Walton, will also be on hand, (via Darren Wolfson of SKOR North and KSTP above).

Walton is a top-100 (247Sports) standout guard at Hopkins High School, here in the Twin Cities, and is one of the best of 2020 who still remains undecided. He has all of the blue bloods, who haven’t already filled up their classes, hot on his tail next fighting next to Richard Pitino. Those schools include Arizona, North Carolina, Ohio State and Iowa State.

I posted a blog last night, on how this game could be Richard Pitino’s last stand opportunity, for both the 2020 NCAA Tournament and his long-term future in Minnesota. I had a lot of push back from readers who said the Gophers have no chance of winning this game.

If you are one of those people, then you should head to one of many betting sites available on the world wide web or hop the border to Iowa, so you can get rich quick, because Vegas disagrees with you.

The Gophers are favored over the Terrapins tonight… yes, the #9-ranked nationally, Maryland Terrapins are projected to lose tonight vs the inconsistent Gophers, in a game we need to win if we are going to be dancing in March.

If you are a Gopher basketball fan and you can’t get hard for this game… then you need to see a doctor or find a phone number that might help with your erection problem…

It’s a big time game in February at The Barn! LFG!

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan

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