Top Ten NCAA College Basketball Home Winning Streaks

My quest was to find the longest home winning streaks for NCAA Division 1 College Basketball.  It took me so long to find the information that I figured I would post it on my blog and perhaps make someone else’s job a little easier.  Here are the Top 13:

#1 Kentucky – 129 games (1943-1955) (broken by Georgia Tech 59-58 in Memorial Coliseum on Jan. 8, 1955)

#2 St. Bonaventure – 99 games (1948-1961) (broken by Niagara 87-77)

#3 UCLA – 98 games (1970-1976) (broken by Oregon 65-45)

#4 Cincinnati – 86 games (1957-1964) (broken by Bradley 87-77)

#5 Arizona – 81 games (1945-1951) (broken by Kansas St. 76-57)

#5 Marquette – 81 games (1967-1973) (broken by Notre Dame 71-69)

#7 Lamar – 80 games (1978-1984) (broken by Louisiana Tech 68-65)

#8 Long Beach State – 75 games (1968-1974) (broken by San Francisco 94-84)

#9 UNLV – 72 games (1974-1978) (broken by New Mexico 102-98)

#10 Arizona – 71 games (1987-1992) (broken by UCLA 89-87)

#11 Kansas – 69 games (2008-2011) (broken by Texas 74-63)

#12 Cincinnati – 68 games (1972-1978) (broken by Georgia Tech 59-56)

#13 Western Kentucky – 67 games (1949-1955) (broken by Xavier 82-80 in overtime)


UPDATE: With KU’s win over UCLA (KU 77 – UCLA 76) the streak is now at 64.

UPDATE: With KU’s win over North Texas on 11-19-10, they have tied their team record of 62 consecutive home victories set back in the 90’s under Roy Williams.  The next home victory will break the record.  They have two challenging non-league home games–Memphis (currently ranked #19) and UCLA (I don’t care what their record is, UCLA is UCLA). NOTE: KU’s game with Memphis was at a neutral site not a home game.

UPDATE: Here are my thoughts on the Kansas Jayhawks getting into the Top 10 on this list.  Currently, they have a 59 game home winning streak.  They will not play another home game until next basketball season.  This year 2009-2010 they played 12 home games BEFORE league play began.  If they win all of those, and they should, they’d tie Arizona at #10.  As long as their non-league games don’t include some powerhouse (and it usually doesn’t) and they don’t play a high ranked team in league play the first few games, they have a legitimate shot at working their way up the Top 10 list.

They had 20 total home games this year.  If they have 20 more next season and won them all, they’d have a 79 home game winning streak.  My guess is that would place them in the top 5 or 6.  If they went unbeaten again the following season and played 20 home games, then they’d tie St. Bonaventure at #2.  That would be quite a feat in this day and age of basketball.

32 thoughts on “Top Ten NCAA College Basketball Home Winning Streaks”

  1. Thanks so much for this! I know Kansas has the ACTIVE win streak at home in the NCAA, but I searched and searched and couldn’t find the longest streak in HISTORY. Someone needs to tell that their stats page is broken. Well, KU is only at 50, so I guess they have a ways to go. Thanks so much!

  2. You’re welcome!

    KU’s active streak is what drove me to look into it. I thought KU would at least be in the Top 10. But, alas, they are not. And even cracking the Top 10 will be challenging to do as good as the Big 12 looks this year.

    Rock Chalk!

  3. That might put Indiana in the top 25.

    KU is at 55 and counting.

    I think they can crack the Top 10 if they win the few remaining home games left this year, as next year will begin with non-conference teams and it will be a number of cupcakes that they should easily beat.

  4. Yeah, I bet you’re right. Do they have a difficult schedule for the remainder of the season?
    A bit off topic, but what do you think of the rumors about the Big Ten courting Texas?

  5. #9 Kansas State in about a week. 🙁

    I didn’t know the Big Ten was going after Texas. I heard they were going after Mizzou and Mizzou was talking with them. Apparently, Mizzou doesn’t think it gets the respect it should in the Big 12.

    I’d be surprised if Texas went but anything is possible.

  6. Do you happen to know what KU’s longest streak is? I can’t find it, but I don’t ever remember hearing that the current one is the longest one. Just wondering.

  7. Hey, I searched for this blog on (bing & yahoo & google) and just wanted to say thanks for the excellent read. I would have to agree with it, thank you again!

    1. Ah, you are right. I saw that it was a “home” game and concluded it was at KU. KU was simply labeled the home team since one team had to be labeled “home”.

  8. Remember that time UNI beat Kansas? Just thought I’d remind you 🙂 Don’t get an ego off a home win streak…there are bigger things. It’s good, but not the only important thing.

    Rock CHOKE Jayhawks! Love to see you again this year…we’ll do it again!!!!

  9. #1 Kentucky – 129 games (1943-1955)
    #2 St. Bonaventure – 99 games (1948-1961)
    #3 UCLA – 98 games (1970-1976)
    #4 Cincinnati – 86 games (1957-1964)
    #5 (tie) Arizona – 81 games (1945-51)
    and Marquette – 81 games (1967-73)
    #7 Lamar – 80 games (1978-84)
    #8 Long Beach St. – 75 games (1968-74)
    #9 UNLV – 72 games (1974-78)
    #10 Arizona – 71 games (1987-92)

    KU is at 67
    For Win# vs. Opponent (rank)
    68 v. UMKC
    69 Nebraska
    70 Texas (13)
    71 Kansas State (17), ties for 10th longest streak
    72 Missouri (10), ties for 9th longest streak
    73 Iowa State, 9th longest streak outright
    74 Colorado
    75 Oklahoma State, ties for 8th longest streak
    76 Texas A&M (18), 8th longest streak outright
    End of regular season

    There should be 10 conference home games, 20 conference games total which is up two from this year.
    2010-11 w/ 12-teams in Big12: play teams in B12-North twice (5×2) + B12-South once (6) = 16
    2011-12 w/ 10-teams in Big12: play each team twice (9×2) = 18

    KU ‘could’ hold the 4th longest home winning streak in 2012, and even 2nd in the 2012-2013 season, but that’s getting way, way ahead of the game. There are, and will be, still many top 25 teams and longtime Big 12 opponents to beat first.

    1. Excellent info! And thanks for the updated count on who plays who. It’s going to be tough to crack the Top 10 with that schedule.

  10. Lots of “home cookin’ ” goes into those homecourt streaks, especially when they extend beyond 70, 75 games. #7, Lamar stole a few close games, thanks to the refs, back when LU had a perenniel Top-25 program. Great fun, though, to be a part of NCAA history!

  11. I don’t see anybody ever topping the Kentucky streak it is unbelievable that a team could go 12 yrs. without losing at home.

    1. Agree. I think this is a different day and age of basketball. Regardless, that streak is impressive in any day and age!

  12. Actually St.Bonas was ranked #2 in the nation at the time in 1961,and had only been beaten once on the road @ Madison Square Garden by then #1 Ohio state 84-82 I believe. Ohio state was led by John Havlicek, Jerry Lucas, and a forward by the name of Bobby Knight The 50th anniversary was Feb. 25th that they lost on that fateful night in 1961 to Niagara University robbing SBU of 100 straight home victories. Calvin Murphy actually came on the scene in the late 1960’s and early 70’s when they had the oppurtunity to face Big Bob Lanier and his NCAA final four Bonaventure team.

  13. As of 12/28/11, Kentucky’s basketball win streak at Rupp Arena in Lexington is at 42. This is Kentucky’s second longest home win-streak ever.

  14. I don’t see Kentucky’s 129 game home winning streak ever being broken. They accumulated that streak from 1943-1955 when their competition in the SEC was suspect at best. By today’s standards, Kansas’s 64 game streak is phenomenal when you consider the balance nationwide.

  15. 1-21-12 UK now at 47 in Rupp Arena. 2nd longest in UK history. Calapari is unbeaten at home since coming to Lexington. Documentaries I have read about the 12 YEAR streak relate that after the loss in 1955, most of the approximate 10,000 fans in Memorial Coliseum that night were so stunned that they sat in motionless silence for at least 5 minutes afterwards.

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