When Virginia defeated N.C. State the other night, game reports noted the impressive fact the Cavaliers have now extended their home winning streak to 19 at John Paul Jones Arena.
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Oddly, the Cavs have not only won 19 consecutive contests at JPJ, dating to Dec. 21, 2013, but have also won 19 consecutive conference contests at JPJ, dating to Jan. 6, 2013. (The intervening home losses were to VCU and Wisconsin in the fall of 2013.)
The 19 straight wins of all types ties the longest victory streak in the building that opened in November 2006. Virginia's longest home run - so to say - was 34 at University Hall from 1980-83, coinciding with the presence of center Ralph Sampson.
UVa's 34 victories in a row was only the sixth-longest skein in ACC history. The current 19 in a row at Charlottesville is only the ACC's second-longest ongoing run.
In both cases the top superceding streaks belong to Duke.
The Blue Devils hold the record for a team competing in the ACC: 45 straight home wins at Cameron Indoor Stadium. They're currently on a 41-game winning streak at Cameron, tied for third-best ever in the league, and the longest run in Division I just now.
In case you're wondering, Duke's upcoming home games are against Miami (Jan. 13), Pitt (Jan. 19), Georgia Tech (Feb. 4) and Notre Dame (Feb. 7). Win all those, and a new ACC record could be set on Feb. 18 - against North Carolina.
All this bodes well for the '15 Devils. Extended home court winning streaks may not be synonymous with superior achievement, but at Duke they're certainly suggestive of special results. In fact, that relationship is not unique to Duke. Programs that put together the ACC's top 10 home winning streaks prior to this season cumulatively achieved six national championships and nine Final Four appearances.
Only Duke in '65, upset by N.C. State in the ACC Tournament finals in the days when a single team per league went to the NCAAs, failed to advance at least to the Sweet 16 after mounting a top-10 streak.
The Blue Devils' four NCAA titles came during its bursts of dominance at Cameron.
Longest Home Court Winning Streaks In ACC History
|Duke||46||1997-00||Final Four, 1999|
|Duke||45||2009-12||NCAA title, 2010|
|Duke||41||2001-04||NCAA title, 2001|
|Final Four, 2004|
|N.C. State||38||1972-75||NCAA title, 1974|
|Duke||36||1991-93||NCAA title, 1991|
|NCAA title, 1992|
|Virginia||34||1980-83||Final Four, 1981|
|Clemson||29||1988-91||Sweet 16, 1989|
|Sweet 16, 1990|
|Maryland||26||1979-81||Sweet 16, 1980|
|North Carolina||25||1992-94||NCAA title, 1993|
|* Through Boston College win on Jan. 3, 2015.|