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65 Straight years: The home court winning record

Sixty five years in a row we have won more games at home than we lost. Starting in the 1946-47 season under Jack Gardner and continuing through the 50's the 60's, Vietnam, the 70's, recession, growth, wars, we've done it. Ten coaches have been a part of it; it started before we'd ever been to the Final Four and its continued through the era of the program falling out of prominence. And 2010-11 is year 65.

This may or may not be an NCAA record. Haven't seen any official word. But, as the right hand column shows, some pretty big programs have not come close to this.

Is it a record? Duke may have a longer streak. North Carolina has some right to talk about home court dominance, though they don't have a very long active streak going.

Notice that we can claim this streak honestly - we've never had a .500 record in the streak, not one.

The streak
Schools that have not matched this
Undefeated
12-0 1973
11-0 1952, 1959, 1970
10-0 1962
   
Most wins
16-1 2011
16-2 1982
15-2 1981
15-3 2009
14-2 2008
14-3 1999
13 1980, 1992, 1994
   
Close calls
8-7 2000, 2001
5-4 1954
8-6 1991
6-4 1955
   
Longest win streaks
27 1950-1953
23 1971-1973
20 1960-1962
20 1981-1982
University of Cincinnati
  2-12 in 1983-84
3-5 in 1931-32
   
University of Connecticut
  7-9 in 1986-87
6-8 in 1971-72
5-7 in 1968-69
   
University of Illinois
  7-8 in 2007-08
5-8 in 1998-99
5-7 in 1974-75
3-5 in 1927-28
   
University of Indiana
  6-7 in 2003-04
  5-6 in 1969-70
  3-6 in 1943-44
   
University of Kansas
  1-9 in 1961-62
  4-5 in 1947-48
  1-4 in 1928-29
   
University of Kentucky
  1952-53: no games, under suspension by NCAA
  2-8 in 1926-27
University of Louisville
  6-8 in 1997-98
1-6 in 1940-41
   
Purdue
  5-8 in 1962-63
4-7 in 1952-53
   
University of North Carolina
  6-9 in 2001-02
5-5 in 1954-55
3-3 in 1911-12
   
University of Oklahoma
  4-6 in 1977-78
3-5 in 1953-54
   
Oklahoma State
  4-7 in 1972-73
5-7 in 1967-68
3-6 in 1933-34
   
UCLA
  5-10 in 2002-03
5-7 in 1945-46
Last modified 3/12/11; posted 2/28/03; original content © 2003, 2011 John P. Nordin