We move ahead in the action

No. 16 Wichita State plays Western Kentucky on Monday at 11:59 p.m. in what amounts to the real season opener. Saturday’s game against Emporia State counts on the W-L ledger, but the Shockers are already thinking about Monday.

So are the Hilltoppers. Chad Bishop of the Daily News of Bowling Green provides us some thoughts from coach Ray Harper and players Caden Dickerson.

“Cleanthony Early is a terrific player,” Harper said. “Ron Baker one of the best three-point shooters in the country. (Fred) VanVleet played major minutes for ‘em as a backup point guard last year. (Tekele) Cotton started for them last year, so they basically have three starters back.”