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2020 Shriners College Classic Primer: Ten Things To Watch

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The Shriners College Classic is set to kick off Friday afternoon at Minute Maid Park, and it once again has a highly intriguing field with Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas representing the Big 12 and Arkansas, LSU and Missouri representing the SEC.

To get you ready for one of the nation’s best early-season tournaments, here are 10 things you should watch for this weekend, along with an inside look at the prospects to watch.

1. Arkansas’ weekend rotation

We all knew the Hogs would have one of the nation’s premier offensive lineups coming into the season, but the weekend rotation, at least the presence of a front-line ace pitcher, was in question with the departure of Isaiah Campbell and return of Connor Noland and Patrick Wicklander. It’s still early and the Hogs haven’t played the level of competition they’ll face this weekend, but it’s been so far, so good. Wicklander was outstanding last weekend against Gonzaga and has yet to allow a run in 11 innings, while Noland, who has a bit more juice on his fastball this spring, has a 1.42 ERA in 12.2 innings.

 

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