Thursday, February 11, 2016

Streaking in the Big 5

The longest team vs. team winning streaks in Big 5 history.

Streaking in the Big 5

Villanova head coach Jay Wright. (Steven M. Falk/Staff file photo)
Villanova head coach Jay Wright. (Steven M. Falk/Staff file photo)

It took five extra minutes, but La Salle finally ended its 10-game losing streak to Villanova Sunday with a 77-74 overtime victory at Gola Arena.

Even with the loss, Villanova still holds the longest current winning streak against a City Series opponent, having won their last nine meetings with Penn. That streak goes on the line Dec. 8 at the Palestra.

Here are the longest winning streaks among Big 5 schools since 1937-38 (the first season when the center jump was eliminated after every basket):

 No.   Winning Team   Losing Team  First Win  Last Win  Date Broken
 17  Temple  Penn  Feb. 9, 1983  Jan. 6, 1998  Nov. 23, 1998
 14  Saint Joseph's  Penn  Jan. 23, 1980  Jan. 25, 1993  Dec. 11, 1993
 11  Saint Joseph's  Temple  Jan. 24, 1959  Feb. 5, 1966  Jan. 28, 1967
 11  Temple  Saint Joseph's   Jan. 18, 1987  Jan. 22, 1991  Feb. 4, 1991
 10  Saint Joseph's  Penn  Jan. 15, 1947  Feb. 14, 1961  Jan. 17, 1962
 10  Temple  La Salle  Dec. 15, 1992  Feb. 28, 2001  Feb. 13, 2002 
 10  Temple  Saint Joseph's  Jan. 27, 1996  Jan. 8, 2000  Feb. 29, 2000
 10  Villanova  La Salle  Feb. 7, 2002  Nov. 15, 2011  Nov. 25, 2012
 10  Temple  Saint Joseph's  March 2, 2008   Jan. 28, 2012  Feb. 25, 2012
   9  Villanova  Penn  Dec. 9, 2003  Dec. 3, 2011  (current)
   8  Saint Joseph's  La Salle  Jan. 3, 1970  March 2, 1974   Jan. 15, 1975
   8  Penn  La Salle  Jan. 19, 1992  Jan. 14, 1999  Dec. 7, 1999
   8  Saint Joseph's  La Salle  March 8, 2001  Feb. 10, 2007  Feb. 18, 2008
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