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Home-court streaks just aren't made like they used to be

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Posted: Wednesday March 08, 2000 11:44 PM

  Rick Majerus Utah's current streak began with an 84-63 win over Colorado State on Jan. 4, 1997. Jonathan Daniel /Allsport

By Ryan Hunt,

The Utah Utes have won every home game since Dec. 31, 1996, a streak that now is at 52 games. It is the longest home-court winning streak in men's Division I college basketball, nearly doubling the second longest.

Sounds impressive, right?

In a current sense, it is. Historically, it's not even close.

With parity like it is in college basketball, home winning streaks sure ain't what they used to be. For example: There have been 11 winning streaks of 20 games or longer that have been snapped this season. Three of those have been 40 games or more.

Even Cameron Indoor Stadium wasn't immune. Duke had a 37-game win streak ended there by Maryland on Feb. 9.

Home Is Where the Wins Are
Longest active home-court winning streaks
Team  No.  Last Loss  Date 
Utah  52  Wake Forest  12/31/96 
Michigan St.  28   Purdue 3/1/98
Hofstra  25  Delaware 2/3/98
Alcorn St.  25   Texas Southern 1/26/98
Temple  22   Wisconsin 12/9/98
Iowa State.  20   Missouri 2/8/99
Kentucky  20   Tennessee 1/12/99

Meanwhile, there are only six active streaks of at least 20 games.

So much for home-court dominance.

All that makes Utah's run at the Huntsman Center all the more impressive. Until you consider the fact that the Utes will have to win every home game for at least the next six seasons to even approach the NCAA record.

Kentucky won 129 straight home games from 1943-55, a streak that was ended by Georgia Tech 59-58 in Memorial Coliseum on Jan. 8, 1955.

The Wildcats' streak isn't even the best mark by a collegiate basketball team. The College of Southern Idaho, a junior college in Twin Falls, Idaho, won 137 straight home games -- a streak that ended 1996.

Home-court streaks snapped this season
Team  No.  Broken By  Date 
Murray State  47  SE Mo. St.  1/15/00 
Duke  46  Maryland  2/9/00 
Cincinnati  42  Temple 2/20/00
Arizona  37  New Mexico  12/21/99 
Auburn  30  LSU  2/29/00 
Weber State  30  Eastern Wash.  1/22/00 
Col. of Charleston  25  Davidson  1/15/00 
Xavier  24  La Salle  1/23/00 
Southern U.  22  Georgia St.  12/20/99 
Louisiana Tech  21   Florida Int'l. 2/17/00
Gonzaga  20   San Diego 2/17/00

There are only two other teams that have even reached the century mark.

NAIA's Southern Nazarene in Bethany, Okla., holds the women's record at 122. The Marymount (Kan.) men, another NAIA school, won 106 straight from 1971-78.

But in NCAA Division I, just getting to 90 is a story. Only Kentucky, St. Bonaventure (99 from 1948-61) and UCLA (98 from 1970-76) have reached that number. Cincinnati won 86 straight home games, the fourth-longest streak, from 1957-64, which was part of the Oscar Robertson era.

In the '90s, though, the longest streak was held by Arizona, which had it's 71-game run toppled by UCLA in 1992. And even that was only the 10th-best streak.

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