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New year? Hoops time! Kassius Robertson and Sophie Cunningham lead Mizzou into SEC play.

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Not a whole hell of a lot going on in the Mizzou universe until basketball picks back up. Here’s a New Year’s Eve grab bag for you. (Happy birthday, Bill C’s mom!)

1. Mizzou Women’s Hoops begins SEC play today.

Robin Pingeton’s Tigers are 12-1 and haven’t lost since the season opener. They now embark on an exciting SEC schedule.

No other conference has more NCAA Tournament bids (219) or national championships (10, tied with the Big East) in its history. Last season, the SEC led the nation in attendance with 4,221 fans per game and had eight bids — the most of any conference.

Missouri has risen to the level of competition and benefitted from it. The Tigers are 36-40 against SEC teams since joining the league in 2012, with their conference record improving every year. They went 11-5 last season to finish fourth in the league. [...]

To say the least, Sophie Cunningham appears to have found her rhythm.

Sophie Cunningham ranks first in the SEC and ninth in the nation in three-point field goal percentage, shooting 50 percent. She is 16-of-26 from beyond the arc over the last four games. In that span, she is shooting 68.1 percent from the floor, 61.5 from 3-point range and 91.3 percent from the free throw line and scoring 25.3 points per game.

Cunningham is arguably the most efficient player in the SEC this season. She is one of seven players in the league who have scored more than 240 points. The other six have attempted more than 180 shots this season. Cunningham has only attempted 132. She leads the SEC in free throw pct. (.864) and 3-point field goal pct. among those with at least 30 attempts (.500).

2. Kassius Robertson, Mizzou leader

A year ago, the then-Canisius junior was embarking on a bit of a hot streak. He scored 21 points in a January 2 win over Siena, 17 in a January 4 win over Quinnipiac, and 30 in a January 14 win over Marist.

This year, he’s leading a completely different team in a completely different conference. He’s scored 45 points in his last two games, though, and he’s adapting to a role he didn’t expect to have.

Michael Porter Jr. was supposed to lead the Tigers. Instead, the preseason All-American freshman has undergone back surgery and could miss the season. So it’s understandable that Kassius Robertson, the Tigers’ graduate transfer guard, is still adjusting to a role he did not anticipate, both as a leader and on-the-floor contributor. [...]

“To be honest, I didn’t expect to play 30 minutes a game, whatever I’m averaging right now,” said Robertson, who is originally from Toronto. “… My body feels it, that’s for sure.”

When Mizzou takes the court at South Carolina on January 3, it’ll have been nearly two weeks since the Tigers’ last game. Sounds like that rest may have done a certain transfer some good.

3. Jordan Harold is awesome.

My Final Season @MizzouFootball has come to an end. It has been the MOST challenging season ever. I've been through many...

Posted by Jordan 'Herkulez' Harold on Friday, December 29, 2017

4. Vincent Gray has officially de-committed.

Remember the Mizzou cornerback commit from Michigan who got an offer from the in-state Wolverines right before Early Signing Period and didn’t sign with Mizzou? We’ve been assuming he’s going to de-commit ... and now it’s official.

5. Mizzou Wrestling romps in South Beach.

Warm weather does good things for #TigerStyle. (Though I guess the cold weather wasn’t exactly treating Mizzou poorly either.

South Beach Duals results:

  • Mizzou 44, Kent State 3
  • Mizzou 27, No. 24 UNC 9
  • Mizzou 31, No. 22 Rider 8
  • Mizzou 27, No. 12 Cornell 11

The most noteworthy results: Joey Lavallee recorded his 100th career win on Friday, and sophomore Jaydin Eierman scored a late, four-point near-fall to beat Cornell’s No. 1-ranked 141-pounder, Yianni Diakomihalis. Mizzou is rolling.

6. Sigh. DGB.

7. You’ll never guess what the Trib’s No. 1 local sports story was this year.

Correction: you will.