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Friday, November 25, 2011

UConn closing in on another record

The day before UConn played Stanford, Huskies coach Geno Auriemma was asked about the possibility to Stanford ending another of Connecticut's record streaks.

While Auriemma was fully aware of his team's NCAA basketball record winning streak which reached 90 before it was snapped by Stanford last year, he claimed he was unaware of where the Huskies home winning streak stood in the history of the sport. He was informed that it was at 85 (now at 86) which is the NCAA Division I record. Auriemma shrugged off the accomplishment as he tends to do with all streaks and records other than the ones involving the Final Four or national championships.

"It's going to end," Auriemma said. "It's not going to last forever. (UConn is) not going to win every game for the rest of my coaching career. Will there be a huge media contingent there tomorrow night to see us (extend) the record? Who gives a ..., that is so bad all of that stuff."
I hate to be the bearer of bad news for the Hall of Fame coach, but barring a major and I do mean major upset this week, UConn's home streak will reach another milestone on Sunday.

UConn's 86 straight home wins currently ranks third among all three NCAA divisions. Division II Nebraska-Kearney won 87 in a row from Jan. 31, 1995 to Nov. 24, 2001 while Division III Rust won 88 straight home games from Jan. 23, 1982-Feb. 21, 1989. With wins tonight against Fairleigh Dickinson and Saturday against Buffalo, UConn would go for its record 89th straight home win on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. against Dayton. For anybody wondered about the men's basketball NCAA record for consecutive home wins, the Huskies have some serious work to do to catch Kentucky's run of 129 straight wins at home from 1943-55.

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