UConn men’s basketball/football’s 17-game home winning streak snapped

By Mike McCurry, Campus Correspondent

Alex Oriakhi wipes his face after Wednesday's home loss against Syracuse. - AP

The last time the UConn women’s basketball program lost a home game, Maya Moore was still in high school and Renee Montgomery was the leading scorer on the year. But then again, we’re talking about the UConn women’s basketball program. They could probably beat the Knicks.

On March 7th, 2007, Rutgers took down the Huskies at the Hartford Civic Center (now the XL Center). Even though it was a Big East Tournament game, I am still calling it a “home” loss. Since that prehistoric date, the girls have not lost once at the HCC, XL Center, or Gampel Pavilion. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the men.

Not to knock the women’s team, but there is a lot more parity in men’s sports. Geno’s girls won 90 in a row, something that will never in a million years happen on the men’s side in this era.

I realize UCLA reeled off 88 straight, but in those days short shorts were in and three points could only be scored the old-fashioned way. So we love the females. Their run might be one of the most remarkable and astonishing feats ever completed in the history of sport. That being said, however, the men deserve a shout out. Before UConn lost to Louisville on the hardwood this past Saturday, the football and basketball team had gone a combined 17-0 as the home team this school year. Now that’s protecting your house. Let’s break down the streak.

He-who-must-not-be-named (not Voldemort; just Randy Edsall) led the football team to a 6-0 mark at home. The opponents were, in order, Texas Southern, Buffalo, Vanderbilt, WVU, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati. The most points UConn scored was 62 (Texas Southern) and the least was 16 (West Virginia). The widest margin took place in the Texas Southern game, where we outscored the Tigers by 59 in a 62-3 rout. The closest game was a classic, a 30-28 victory against Pittsburgh. The best games were, by far, against West Virginia and Pitt. They gave the Huskies confidence, showed the Big East who the big dogs were, and proved that we could convert any fourth down play.

The home dominance carried over to the basketball court, where before Louisville we were a very impressive 11-0. Losers include Stony Brook on opening night, South Florida in overtime, Villanova on Martin Luther King Day, and Tennessee. The biggest blowout win for Kemba and company was 94-61 against UMBC, a game that also featured UConn’s highest point total thus far. The closest was a 61-59 mammoth victory versus Villanova. Thank Walker for that one.

In 17 those games, we have seen a ton of highlight reel plays and experienced too many nail-biting moments. The only thing that mattered is the record: 17-0. After bumps in the road against Louisville and Syracuse, let’s hope the Calhoun and the basketball team can get back on track. Because no matter who is playing and at what venue the game is at, we must protect this house.


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UConn Men’s Basketball

West Region - No. 3 Seed, 30-9 (9-9)

Last Game: 65-63 W vs. (5) Arizona (March 26)

Next Game: vs. (4) Kentucky (April 2, 8:49 p.m., Reliant Stadium, Houston.)

1 - Enosch Wolf
2 - Donnell Beverly
3 - Jeremy Lamb
4 - Jamal Coombs-McDaniel
5 - Niels Giffey
10 - Tyler Olander
13 - Shabazz Napier
15 - Kemba Walker
21 - Kyle Bailey
22 - Roscoe Smith
23 - Benjamin Stewart
25 - Michael Bradley
34 - Alex Oriakhi
35 - Charles Okwandu

UConn Women’s Basketball

Philadelphia Region No. 1 Seed, 36-1 (16-0)

Last Game: 75-40 W vs. (2) Duke (March 29)

Next Game: vs. (2) Notre Dame (April 3, 9 p.m., Canseco Field House, Indianapolis, Ind.)

3 - Tiffany Hayes
5 - Caroline Doty
12 - Lauren Engeln
14 - Bria Hartley
23 - Maya Moore
25 - Michala Johnson
30 - Lorin Dixon
31 - Stefanie Dolson
32 - Heather Buck
34 - Kelly Faris

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