UConn Women: Where Does the Streak Rank in Collegiate Winning Accomplishments?

Gary BrownCorrespondent IIDecember 20, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - APRIL 6:  Head coach Geno Auriemma of the University of Connecticut Huskies celebrates after defeating the Tennessee Lady Vols 70-61 in the National Championship game of the NCAA Women's Final Four Tournament at the New Orleans Arena on April 6, 2004 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The debate is raging over which streak is the most significant—UCLA’s 88 game winning streak or the one UConn is on right now that equals the mark set by John Wooden’s Bruin teams from 1971-74.

Debating which team’s 88 game win is better seems pretty ridiculous. In reality both teams have done something incredible and UCLA’s accomplishment will not be diminished one bit if the UConn women do they expected and break the record.  The Huskies also have nothing to apologize for when they set a new mark. It does not matter if it is men’s or women’s basketball. It is hard to win 20 games in season, much less to rack up 88 in a row.

Here is a better question: Where does the accomplishment of UCLA’s men’s basketball team and UConn’s women’s team rank overall when it comes to great streaks in college sports? Here is how we rank them:

  1. Cael Sanderson racked up a collegiate wrestling record of 159-0 from 1999-2002 and was named an All-American four straight years at Iowa State.
  2. John McDonnell’s track and cross country results as a head coach at Arkansas.  The Razorbacks won 12 straight national titles from 1984-1995 for indoor track and field. He led the Hogs to eight straight outdoor track and field national titles from 1992-1999. Not bad for a sport where fractions of a second often determines who wins and loses.
  3.  Division III Kenyon College starting winning national championships in swimming and diving in 1980. They are at 31 national titles and counting as of right now.
  4. A. UConn Women’s 88 consecutive checks in above the UCLA men for one reason. The competitive nature of women’s basketball is more advanced than it was during the time UCLA dominated the men’s landscape. B. UCLA’s 88 game streak set a high bar for any team to shoot at.
  5. Oklahoma’s football team reeled off 47 straight wins from 1953-1957. Behind the Sooners in consecutive wins in college football are the Washington Huskies teams from 1908-1914. They won 39 straight.

Which schools or athletes make your list? Let the debate begin.