Written by Evan Pfaff
Big12Hoops.com Missouri Beat Writer
Late last month our SB Nation brethren over at Rock Chalk Talk posted an article asking when KU’s home winning streak would come to an end.
"Borrowing" their idea, I thought I would take a look at when Mizzou might finally lose serve at home.
Dating back to an agonizing 75-73 (damn you, Byron Eaton!) setback to Oklahoma State on February 26, 2008, Mizzou has rattled off 19 straight home wins, after going a perfect 18-0 last season at Mizzou Arena.
The non-conference portion of the home schedule this year looks winnable enough. Games versus hyphenated teams like Tennessee-Martin, Texas-Pan America and Arkansas-Pine Bluff should provide easy Ws. There are two BCS schools also on the home docket and while Oregon should give the Tigers a decent battle, Georgia is a winnable game and the Tigers should come out of those unscathed.
So that takes us into January 2010 and a 29 game home win streak. The Mizzou record for consecutive home wins is 34, which they attained 1988-90. In order to match that accomplishment they would have to take down Big 12 foes traveling in from Manhattan, Lincoln, Stillwater, College Station and Ames.
K State is projected to place in the top half of the conference, based on a Rivals.com 20th national ranking of incoming recruiting classes.
Led by freshman PF Wally Judge, K State will fall to the Tigers as the wide-eyed baby Wildcats play in their first true road game of the season.
After two Tiger trips away, Nebraska comes into Mizzou Arena on January 23. And even though Big Red big man Christian Standhardinger is on a mission to improve his game, his pro aspirations will take a back seat to Mizzou’s stifling D and the home team will secure the W.
Oklahoma State will then prove to be the most formidable opponent to grab a pregame slice of pizza at Shakespeare’s in Columbia. The talented Cowboys will bring a good game and will try to seek revenge to the thrilling 97-95 Tiger victory the prior year at Gallagher-Iba Arena, but in the end Keiton Page’s best memory will be the pepper cheese pizza with broccoli (Ed. Note: delicious and you should try it next time you are in Columbia!).
Back to back Big 12 South teams and back to back victories over Big 12 South opponents after Mizzou handles their business against Texas A&M.
Craig Brackins brings his Cyclone teammates to Columbia for a February 10 matchup against the Tigers. With the Mizzou victory, the team record for consecutive home victories is matched at 34.
After a game in Waco, TX against the Baylor Bears, Mizzou returns home to face a Texas Longhorn team they defeated the previous year in Austin. After a heartbreaking loss, Mizzou must start the streak over, starting with Colorado the following week.
So in the end, under this scenario, Mizzou will match their team record for consecutive home victories. In reality the streak might be extended or reduced depending on how the ball bounces in a few of these games.