Bulldogs One Of Three Schools With Perfect Home Records
Feb. 4, 2005
SPOKANE, Wash. -Just how difficult is it to run the table at home in both men's and women's basketball. Pretty difficult if you were to ask the head coaches at the over 320 NCAA Division I schools who have fallen short of that task this year.
To date only three schools - Gonzaga University, the University of North Carolina and Western Kentucky University - have maintained perfection at home in both men's and women's basketball.
That list was two schools larger at the beginning of the week as Michigan State University and Northwestern State University in Louisiana were both on that list to start the month of February. On Tuesday night the Spartans men fell to No. 1 University of Illinois to end a string of 19 combined wins by both teams. On Thursday night Northwestern State was knocked off that list as the Lamar University Cardinals ended a 16 game run by both teams.
Following West Coast Conference play on Thursday night Gonzaga had improved its combined men's and women's home record to 19-0 in the new McCarthey Athletic Center after the Bulldogs picked up a 68-63 over Saint Mary's College. The men are 9-0 this season including a win over No. 14 University of Washington earlier this year. Gonzaga also maintains the nation's third longest home court winning streak at 21 games with their next game on Saturday afternoon against Santa Clara University.
The Gonzaga women have posted a 10-0 record in the new McCarthey Athletic Center with that home court win streak ranking 20th in the nation. Gonzaga currently holds the nation's longest active winning streak at 15 games with a road game at Santa Clara on Saturday night. Gonzaga will return home next Thursday to host Pepperdine University. The Bulldogs are 4-0 at home in WCC action and picked up a big non-conference win over the University of Utah earlier this year.
North Carolina leads the list with 22 combined wins between its men's and women's programs. The men are 11-0 at the Dean Smith Center including wins over the University of Kentucky, University of Maryland and Georgia Tech this year. The Tar Heel women are also 11-0 at home with their biggest win coming in late January when they knocked off No. 1 Duke University to end the Blue Devils 16-game winning streak.
Western Kentucky rounds out the list of three with 19 wins between its two programs. The Hilltoppers have posted a 9-0 record at E.A. Diddle Arena with a 2-0 record against Sun Belt Conference opponents and six home conference games remaining. The Lady Toppers are a perfect 10-0 at home this year with their marquee victory coming against Vanderbilt University.
There are 328 NCAA Division I schools that sponsor both men's and women's basketball.
Special thanks to Doug Ireland of Northwestern Louisiana who compiled this list of schools prior to the February 1st games.
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