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How long will the Rupp win streak last?


With Kansas’ home win streak ending at a Kevin Malone-approved 69 over the weekend at the hands of Texas, attention has turned to the other longest home-court winning streaks in the nation. Or, at least, the attention of Ryan Greene over at Yahoo! Sports has turned that way. He’s taken a look at the ten longest remaining home win streaks, the second-best of which belongs to your University of Kentucky Wildcats, and put odds on the streaks staying alive through the end of this season.

The Cats’ current streak sits at 28 consecutive wins at Rupp, behind only Duke, who has won 30 in a row in their glorified high-school gym. With the Blue Devils playing in the even-worse-than-the-SEC Atlantic Coast Conference, the odds of keeping their streak alive are the best of the big-time schools on the list, with Greene putting them at 5:3 to finish the year without falling at home. Kentucky drew a 6:1 line, broken down as follows:

2. Kentucky – 28 games – Next: Saturday vs. Georgia

The Wildcats have already flirted with fire a handful of times this season, and the SEC right now might be the most unpredictable league in America. Like Duke, they have no ranked opponents left on the schedule, but their remaining home slate (Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Florida, Vanderbilt) looks a little more dangerous. Plus, the Wildcats’ youth has to be taken into account here. Odds – 6:1

And here is how the rest of the list shakes out…

3. Utah State – 26 – 3:2

t-4. Pittsburgh – 20 – 10:1 [Ed. Note: I suck.]

t-4. VCU – 20 – 10:1

6. Missouri State – 19 – 6:1

t-7. North Texas – 17 – 10:1

t-7. St. Mary’s – 17 – 5:1

t-9. Ohio State – 16 – 9:1

t-9. Temple – 16 – 5:1

So now that we know all that, there’s something else we need to know. What do you think? Will the Cats’ youth and tough schedule spell the end of their home win streak, or will Cal’s undefeated run at Rupp survive the year? If they do fall, who gets them and why? The comment section is all yours to decide. Play nice.

Article written by Hunter Campbell

I used to write here.

20 Comments for How long will the Rupp win streak last?

  1. ebarbaau
    4:11 pm January 27, 2011 Permalink

    I like Pittsburgh to lose to Notre Dame last Tuesday

  2. GA Wildcat
    4:11 pm January 27, 2011 Permalink

    -List is wrong. Pitt lost at home against Notre Dame this week.

  3. Darrell Finch
    4:14 pm January 27, 2011 Permalink

    What does it matter? No one’s gonna get close to 129. Who had 129? That’s right, UK. Next topic……

  4. WaldoGeraldoFaldo
    4:16 pm January 27, 2011 Permalink

    Tennessee is dangerous anywhere. I put them as the most likely to end the Streak, but I still don’t think it happens this year.

  5. bung
    4:28 pm January 27, 2011 Permalink

    How come when the media were talking up the Kansas win streak they never mentioned UK or Adolph Rupp holding the record?

  6. Bitter Much?
    4:31 pm January 27, 2011 Permalink

    Pitt Lost last weekend

  7. Emmert still sucks
    4:32 pm January 27, 2011 Permalink

    #5 Because they hate us.

  8. Mr Schwump
    4:35 pm January 27, 2011 Permalink

    4, only with the help of stripes as with their games vs Vandy and Ga.

  9. DoMyHomework
    4:36 pm January 27, 2011 Permalink

    Cause Florida and Vandy are not ranked???

  10. Mr. Sensitive
    4:37 pm January 27, 2011 Permalink

    I think that as long as we continue to encourage these young men and keep a positive spirit in our hearts then there isn’t any reason that we can’t continue this streak. Think of this team as a young puppy, they need our “emotional” nurturing & kibbles of “kindness” to continue to grow into strong healthy dogs. And only then will they truly appreciate the big blue home that they have been adopted into.

  11. Josh
    4:38 pm January 27, 2011 Permalink

    We just have 27 straight wins at Rupp. The 1st win of the 28 game streak was at Memorial vs. UNLV in the NIT.

  12. RUPPSrhetoric
    4:39 pm January 27, 2011 Permalink

    In fairness to Ryan Greene, who wrote the original article, it was written prior to the PITT – ND game, however Hunter should have caught it. I was about to blow up the guy from Yahoo Sports, then realized the date it was published…

  13. BPsycho
    4:39 pm January 27, 2011 Permalink

    Welcome back to Jim Rome is Flaming!

  14. JohnnyD
    4:39 pm January 27, 2011 Permalink

    Didn’t Tennessee beat Pitt in Pittsburgh…I know it wasn’t their home gym but it’s still in Pittsburgh…I would like to consider if UK had lost to Notre Dame as a home loss even though it was in the Cards old stadium.

  15. Hoop Fiend
    4:46 pm January 27, 2011 Permalink

    Thanks for Jinxing it, Douche!

  16. NKY_UK_fan
    4:46 pm January 27, 2011 Permalink

    No ranked opponents? ummmmm…..Florida and Vandy are ranked.

  17. kywildcat
    4:47 pm January 27, 2011 Permalink
    Young UK Fan Needs Help
    Can someone make this happen?

  18. Sawyer
    5:02 pm January 27, 2011 Permalink

    13 i lold

  19. bung
    5:06 pm January 27, 2011 Permalink

    When is that ncaa board meeting where Todd is going to question the Enes ruling?

  20. Megan
    8:36 am January 28, 2011 Permalink

    We have such a small margin for error. All it takes is for Brandon to be kinda off or Jones/Harrellson to pick up his second or third foul or the outside shots/free throws not to fall. It’s asking a bit much to run the table. But it is certainly doable. Once step at a time, tomorrow.