7 of the NCAA's longest active winning and postseason streaks
There have been plenty of impressive streaks produced throughout the history of the NCAA. Most remember the incredible 88-game run by John Wooden and UCLA in the 1970s or the Oklahoma Sooners winning 47 straight football games in the 1950s.
Programs still strive to complete large winning or tournament streaks like those and some continue to succeed at it today. Let's take a look these seven active streaks and how they stand up.
Note: The streaks and rankings below are reflected at the time of publication, Feb. 20, 2016.
Men's basketball: No. 2 Kansas' 38 straight home wins
Arizona and Wichita State both saw their home-court streaks end within the past month. So who has the bragging rights in Division I now? Well, that would be none other than Bill Self and Kansas. As of Feb. 15, the Jayhawks have won 38 straight games at Allen Fieldhouse, which produces one of the toughest environments for any road team.
During the Self era, only nine teams have come away from the Phog with a win. San Diego State was the last team to defeat Kansas at home after its 61-57 shocker on Jan. 5, 2014. To see the last time Kansas lost a Big 12 game at home, you would have to go back a year earlier to Feb. 2, 2013 when Oklahoma State snapped the Jayhawks' 33-game homecourt win streak.
Having the longest active home-win streak isn't the only one the Jayhawks can claim. It also has won 11 straight conference titles and holds the longest NCAA tournament appearance streak at 26.
Women's basketball: No. 1 UConn's 63-game winning streak
Coach Geno Auriemma and the UConn women's basketball team are no strangers to producing streaks that reach massive numbers. The program set the NCAA record with its 90-game undefeated streak from Nov. 2008 until Dec. 29, 2010 and 71 of those wins came during the regular season.
Now, the current Huskies squad is well on their way to possibly doing it again. UConn's current streak has reached 63 games after its win over Cincinnati and East Carolina over the past week. It is the third-longest streak in NCAA women's basketball history, just behind UConn's 70-game win streak set in the early 2000s.
The last time the Huskies dropped a game before the current streak started was a 61-59 loss to Notre Dame in the Big East championship on March 12, 2013. The Huskies' last home loss occurred just a few weeks prior against Baylor.
DI Baseball: Miami's 43 straight NCAA regional appearances
Under the leadership of Ron Frazer and currently Jim Morris, Miami hasn't missed the NCAA baseball postseason in more than four decades. The Hurricanes earned their NCAA-record 43rd straight regionals appearance in 2015, during which they advanced to the College World Series. The last time Miami wasn't selected to participate was back in 1972 during Frazer's 10th season.
The Hurricanes have captured four titles in 24 CWS appearances during the current streak.
Women's ice hockey: No. 1 Boston College's 34-game unbeaten streak
Since its tournament loss to Harvard last year, the Boston College women's ice hockey team has been unstoppable. The Eagles are currently riding a 34-game winning streak with its undefeated record in 2015-16.
Over the course of its streak, Boston College has scored 185 goals for a 5.33 goals per game average, led by the senior duo of Alex Carpenter and Haley Skarupa. Carpenter leads the team with 76 points (38 goals, 38 assists) while Skarupa is second with 66 points (29 goals, 37 assists). The Eagles have shutout 13 opponents this season behind the stellar play of goalie Katie Burt, who has recorded a program-best 12 of those shutouts. Burt also holds the overall program record with her 22 career shutouts.
With its 9-1 win over Providence on Saturday, Boston College completed the first perfect conference season in the Hockey East history and pushed its streak to 34 games. Boston College still trails Minnesota though on the all-time NCAA women's hockey record. The Golden Gophers produced a 62-game undefeated streak from Feb. 18, 2012 until Nov. 17, 2013.
FBS: Virginia Tech's 23 consecutive bowl games
While it was nearly snapped in 2015, the Virginia Tech Hokies have been invited to 23 consecutive bowl games, the longest active streak recognized by the NCAA. The program that comes the closest is Georgia with its 19 straight bowl games.
Virginia Tech started the streak under former head coach Frank Beamer back with its win in the 1993 Independence Bowl. Beamer retired following the Hokies' latest bowl appearance in 2015, which oddly enough was also the Independence Bowl. Virginia Tech has come away with 11 bowl victories and 12 losses.
FCS: North Dakota State's five-peat
Winning back-to-back titles is difficult enough for any program to accomplish. But to put together a 5-game national championship winning streak? North Dakota State has completed the impossible it seems like. NDSU is the only football program to win five straight national championships. The Bison have outscored opponents 157-63 in the five title games and their defense has be key to their success during the current span.
Only time will tell if the Bison can continue its current streak, but if they do win a sixth consecutive title, would any of us be surprised?
DIII Football: Mount Union's 103 regular season winning streak
For another offseason, the streak is still intact for Division III powerhouse Mount Union. The Purple Raiders extended their regular-season streak to 103 games in 2015 on the way to claiming the Division III national championship.
Mount Union hasn't lost during the regular season since the Purple Raiders were defeated by Ohio Northern 24-17 on Oct. 22, 2005. The Purple Raiders will have the chance in 2016 to break their previous record of 110 straight regular season wins, which ended in 2004.