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Frosted Flakes: Big Ten Baseball Preseason Favorites, Basketball Drama Excites!

It’s a darned good time to be alive!

We’re heading into a really great weekend!

College baseball begins around the nation. Nebraska heads to Tempe, AZ for a big opening weekend as other Big Ten teams head to warmer climates to open their seasons.

In case you missed it, Indiana was tabbed as the Big Ten Baseball preseason favorite. Conference coaches voted on who would finish where amongst the top six teams. Here’s what they came up with, along with preseason honors - three players from each team.. EXCLUDING WISCONSIN WHO DOESN’T HAVE A BASEBALL TEAM.


  1. Indiana
  2. Nebraska
  3. Minnesota
  4. Maryland
  5. Michigan
  6. Iowa


  • Michael Massey, INF, So., Illinois
  • Zac Taylor, OF, Jr., Illinois
  • Jack Yalowitz, OF, Jr., Illinois
  • Matt Lloyd, INF, Jr., Indiana
  • Luke Miller, INF, So., Indiana
  • Logan Sowers, OF, Sr., Indiana
  • Tyler Cropley, C/OF, Sr., Iowa
  • Zach Daniels, RHP/INF, Jr., Iowa
  • Robert Neustrom, OF, Jr., Iowa
  • Tyler Blohm, SP, So., Maryland
  • Marty Costes, OF, Jr., Maryland
  • Nick Dunn, INF, Jr., Maryland
  • Jonathan Engelmann, OF, Jr., Michigan
  • Miles Lewis, OF, Jr., Michigan
  • Ako Thomas, INF, Jr., Michigan
  • Riley McCauley, RHP, Jr., Michigan State
  • Bryce Kelley, OF/LHP, So., Michigan State
  • Jake Lowery, RHP, Sr., Michigan State
  • Micah Coffey, INF, Sr., Minnesota
  • Toby Hanson, INF/OF, Sr., Minnesota
  • Luke Pettersen, INF, Sr., Minnesota
  • Luis Alvarado, RHP/OF, Sr., Nebraska
  • Jake McSteen, SP, Jr., Nebraska
  • Scott Schreiber, OF, Sr., Nebraska
  • Hank Christie, SP, So., Northwestern
  • Jack Dunn, INF, Jr., Northwestern
  • Alex Erro, INF, So., Northwestern
  • Dominic Canzone, OF, So., Ohio State
  • Ryan Feltner, SP, Jr., Ohio State
  • Seth Kinker, RHP, Sr., Ohio State
  • Jordan Bowersox, OF, Jr., Penn State
  • Justin Hagenman, SP, Jr., Penn State
  • Mason Nadeau, OF, So., Penn State
  • Tanner Andrews, SP, Sr., Purdue
  • Ross Learnard, RP, Sr., Purdue
  • Harry Shipley, INF, Sr., Purdue
  • Jawuan Harris, OF, Jr., Rutgers
  • Nick Matera, C, Jr., Rutgers
  • John O’Reilly, SP, Sr., Rutgers

Take yourself back to last year. Both of our basketball teams were bloody damned awful. The men finished 13th in the Big Ten with a 6-12 record in conference player just ahead of Rutgers. They lost their last five games, and after the season, some guys transferred. It looked like the team was in disarray.

The women’s basketball team finished tied for last with Illinois, Wisconsin, and Rutgers. They all had identical 3-13 conference records.

This year both teams are competing well, and both are in the hunt for a NCAA tournament bid. That’s quite a turn around in one year. It’s exciting - unless you’re one of those fans who only pays attention to Nebraska football, and then I guess you’re missing out. Hey, there might be an important article on what Scott Frost had for breakfast today.


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