Opening day around the MVC

College basketball, in the minds of many, officially starts today. It is more of a rolling start, however, than a big tip-off. Teams practiced this summer, a change allowed by the NCAA that fit Wichita State’s newcomer-heavy roster perfectly. This fall, teams practiced for two hours a week, as a team or in small groups. So the feel is different than it was a few seasons ago, when Oct. 15 signaled the first real practices.

“I would say, already, we have 25-30 percent of what we’re going to do in, maybe a little less,”¬†WSU coach Gregg Marshall said earlier this week. “The defense is way ahead of the offense. We’ve got to defend with this group. We’ve got to use our size and athleticism with this group, which is going to be a strength.”