Know USF's foe: Missouri
A look at sixth-seeded Missouri, which faces USF's women in Friday's opening round of the NCAA Tournament in Tallahassee
Coach: Robin Pingeton (seventh season at Missouri, 122-99; 14th season overall in Division I, 266-180)
SEC finish: 11-5 (third; lost to Texas A&M 62-48 in SEC Tournament quarterfinals)
Most heralded player: G Sophie Cunningham. A 6-foot-1 sophomore, Cunningham (17.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg) earned first-team All-SEC recognition after scoring in double figures 24 times this season. She had 26 in a 62-60 upset of South Carolina on Feb. 19, hitting the game winner with 0.6 seconds to play. And did we mention she hits her free throws (84.6 percent)?
Most unheralded player: PG Lianna Doty. At a time of year when veteran guards skyrocket in value, the Tigers possess one in this 5-foot-7 fifth-year senior, who leads all active SEC players with 482 assists. Talk about your cerebral floor leaders; Doty majors in mechanical engineering.
Need to know: The Tigers typically employ a four-guard lineup anchored down low by 6-foot-4 sophomore Cierra Porter (13.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg), who might pose a matchup problem for the Bulls. ... That perimeter-heavy rotation drained an SEC-best 134 3-pointers in league play, shooting nearly 50 percent (56-of-114) from behind the arc in its last five regular season games. ... If this one goes to the wire, it may not be wise to wager against Mizzou, which shoots 80.2 percent from the free-throw line. If the Tigers remain on that pace, they'll break Georgia's 11-year-old SEC record (78.3). ... Mizzou finished with four top-25 RPI wins, twice as many as USF. ... Missouri has made back-to-back NCAA Tournaments for the first time in 31 years. ... The third-place conference finish was the Tigers' highest since 1990; they were picked seventh in the SEC preseason poll.