Friday brunch links

Earlier this week, hopefully you have a big appetite, this should hold you over from breakfast through lunch.

It’s quite the weekend for Big Ten baseball. Last year’s top-two finishers, Indiana and Ohio State, square off in Columbus, the site of IU’s championship-clinching series, OSU’s agonizing near-miss.

Michigan State and Minnesota hope to avoid their 2013 fate when their weekend series was erased from the books, three games not played due to the conditions that is Minneapolis in early spring.

Michigan welcomes Iowa as the Hawkeyes seek to show they are more contender, less pretender, while the Wolverines hope to rebound after a tough series at Indiana.

Illinois hosts Purdue as both clubs are set to open Big Ten play after tough non-conference slates. Nebraska continues it’s non-B1G action with a home series against UNLV. While Penn State looks to stay hot at home, Northwestern looking to end Penn State’s perfect 4-0 home start under Rob Cooper.

Fifteen links from around the internet to get you ready for a big weekend of Big Ten baseball.

Enjoy.

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Friday lunch links

Big Ten play is upon us. Here’s your required reading before the deathmatch that is Big Ten baseball conference action begins.

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Location change beneficial for Spartans

The signs of a rentless winter are on display the first weekend of spring. A winter of unyielding snow in the Great Lakes State has forced the Big Ten-opening Ohio State-Michigan State series to be played in Columbus, the field conditions at MSU’s McLane Stadium at Kobs Field deemed unplayable to host the three-game set.

While Michigan State head coach Jake Boss and club will have to wait until March 26 to open their home schedule, the first conference home game not until April 11, there is one advantage in the delayed home opener; playing the Buckeyes in Columbus provide the Spartans a greater opportunity to boast their RPI.

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