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Welcome to the Mizzou Winter Warmer, a weekly a recap of everything happening in Mizzou winter sports. Check back in every Monday — or Tuesday, in case of holiday — to get a recap of the past week's events as well as a look forward at what's coming for each of Mizzou's programs.

NCAA Basketball: Missouri at Arkansas Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been two weeks since I was able to get up a post up recapping the world of Mizzou sports. This week’s Winter Warmer will cover the past two weeks of action.

Men’s basketball

something something something haven’t won a game in over a month something something let’s not talk more about the inevitable something something they can’t shoot the damn ball something something someday it’ll all be better

What’s next: The Tigers suit up for a road contest against Alabama (Wednesday, 6 pm) and return home for a date against Mississippi (Saturday, 2:30 pm), and quite a few Rock M writers will have to find some way to continually beat a very dead horse.

Women’s basketball

Whereas this would usually be a space for reprieve, the women aren’t offering much relief in the way of the hard court. Since the last Winter Warmer, the women are 1-3, with their only win coming against a mediocre Vanderbilt team over the weekend.

Yes, quite a few games have been on the road, but for a team with late-March aspirations, the last few weeks have been highly discouraging. The lack of depth has become a major issue with no consistent contributors outside of Sophie Cunningham, Sierra Michaelis and Cierra Porter — though even these three have struggled in recent games.

12-7 isn’t the worst place to be, and there’s always time for a stabilizing run, but the hopes of getting a high seed are seemingly gone, and continuing at this pace would even put the women’s tournament hopes in jeopardy.

What’s next: The Tigers only have one game this week against a very good Texas A&M squad. It’s the first home game they’ve had in a while (Thursday, 8 pm), so a win would go a long way toward solidifying their tournament chances and would almost certainly provide a much needed boost of confidence.

Wrestling

After a somewhat disappointing road loss to Oklahoma over a week ago, #TigerStyle got back on the right foot by sweeping a three-match road trip. They’ve dipped to No. 9 in the national team rankings — as if still being a Top 10 team were something to be disappointed about — and they’ve still got a handful of ranked and undefeated wrestlers.

What’s next: The Tigers are now home for the remainder of the season. They only have one match in the upcoming week against Central Michigan (Sunday, 1 pm), but it’s hard to ignore the big date on the schedule: when No. 1 Oklahoma State comes to Columbia on January 27. It’ll be important for the Tigers to not overlook Central Michigan in anticipation, but a win against Okie State would make a 5-0 run to end the season very possible.

Gymnastics

Gymnastics finally got its regular season underway since the last Winter Warmer. And what a start it has been. Gymnastics is undefeated in five matches since starting the season, and has climbed up to No. 6 in the national rankings. It won a road match against No. 12 Arkansas in that time.

What’s next: Gymnastics biggest test of the young season comes this week when it takes on No. 4 Alabama at the Hearnes Center Friday at 7:30 pm. Arkansas is Missouri’s only remaining ranked opponent to this point, and the Tigers could go a long way to establishing Top 10 staying power with a win at home.

Swimming & Diving

Still not much to report on the Swim and dive front, as the two squads haven’t competed since a loss to Louisville in early January. As of now, both the men and woman are still ranked.

What’s next: The swim and dive teams will return to Mizzou Aquatic Center this week on Friday and Saturday for meets against Drury (5 pm) and Missouri State (2 pm).