College Basketball Undefeated Home Teams

Impact Of Home Court And Undefeated Home Teams

As the calendar turns to February each college basketball season, teams make their push for conference titles, conference tournament championships and an NCAA Tournament bid. Home court continues to play a pivotal role in a team’s success. While many teams at the top of the standings remain undefeated at home or have just one or two losses on their home court, the bottom teams remain competitive at home with a majority of them having a winning home record.

I’ve updated the undefeated home teams below from the list and article I provided last week at Offshore Gaming Association. Yale fell from the unbeatens at home last Friday night in a 1-point loss to rival Harvard, but Yale (5-1) is still tied with Princeton on top of the Ivy League.

Last night, all three top teams won on their home court to remain undefeated at home with No. 6 Dayton (-11) and No. 4 San Diego State (-15.5) both covering as double-digit favorite while No. 9 Maryland (-18) held on for a 2-point win over Nebraska. Dayton (22-2) is still undefeated in Atlantic 10 play at 11-0 after taking down second place Rhode Island 81-67. San Diego State (24-0) is the only undefeated team in the country and running away with the Mountain West Conference while Maryland (20-4) remain on top of the Big Ten at 10-3 with a key game at Michigan State (9-5) Feb. 15 and a rematch at home with the Spartans Feb. 29.

The Big Ten is projected to have 11 teams in the NCAA Tournament according to Jerry Palm’s Bracketology.  But how tough is it to win on the road? Only Maryland (6-4), Penn State (6-3) and Michigan State (6-5) have winning road records overall as the current top-3 teams in the Big Ten. Every other team in the Big Ten has a losing road record.

The Big 12 has two teams projected as No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament with Baylor (22-1) leading the league at 11-0 followed by Kansas (20-3) at 9-1 in Big 12 play. Both those teams have 1 home loss, and Baylor (9-0) joins San Diego State (9-0) as the only teams that are undefeated on the road. Gonzaga is the only 1-loss road team, and the Bulldogs are also one of 14 teams currently undefeated at home.

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins and the Mountaineers remain undefeated at home

Three undefeated home teams are in action Feb. 12 with the key Big 12 battle between No. 4 Kansas (20-3/9-1) and No. 9 West Virginia (18-5/6-1). Lines courtesy of William Hill. Other Las Vegas sportsbooks.

No. 3 Kansas at No. 14 West Virginia (-1.5)
Alabama at No. 11 Auburn (-7.5)
Illinois State at Northern Iowa (-13.5)

There is also a Big East battle of Top 20 teams with both Villanova (17-6) and Marquette (17-6) each 7-4 in conference play tied for second place behind No. 10 Seton Hall (10-1), who hosts the other second place team Creighton.

No. 18 Marquette at No. 15 Villanova (-5.5)
No. 23 Creighton at No. 10 Seton Hall (-6)

Undefeated Home Teams through Feb. 11

Team – record SU Home Conference Key Remaining
Auburn (21-2) 14-0 SEC Alabama, at Kentucky
Dayton (22-2) 15-0 Atlantic 10 at Rhode Island, at VCU, Duquesne
Florida State (20-4) 13-0 ACC Syracuse, Pitt, Louisville
Gonzaga (25-1) 11–0 West Coast at BYU
Liberty (23-3) 13-0 Atlantic Sun North Florida, Stetson
Maryland (20-4) 14-0 Big Ten Michigan State (2x), at Rutgers, Michigan
North Carolina Central (12-12) 8–0 Mid Eastern Athletic NC AT&T (2x)
Northern Iowa (21-3) 14-0 Missouri Valley at Loyola Chicago, at Indiana State
Oregon (18-6) 12–0 Pac-12 Colorado, at Arizona, Stanford
Prairie View A&M (12-11) 8–0 Southwest Athletic Alcorn State
San Diego State (25-0) 14-0 Mountain West at Boise State, UNLV, Colorado State, at Nevada
Siena (11-10) 10–0 MAAC Rider, at Quinnipiac, at Monmouth-NJ
South Dakota State (18-8) 13-0 Summit South Dakota, at North Dakota State
West Virginia  (18-5) 14-0 Big 12 Kansas, Baylor (2x), at Texas

Updates:

West Virginia lost at home to Kansas 58-49 on Feb. 12

San Diego State lost at home to UNLV 66-63 on Feb. 22

 

Power Conferences

ACC – Only Georgia Tech (6-7) is below .500 at home
Big 12 – Every team is .500 or better at home
Big East – Every team is greater than .500 at home
Big Ten – Just two teams are below .500 at home, and 11 teams have a chance to make the NCAA Tournament
Pac-12 – Every team is at least three games greater than .500 at home
SEC – Every team is greater than .500 at home

Other Conferences of Note:

AAC – Every team is .500 or better at home
A-10 – Just one team is below .500 at home
Colonial – Just two teams are below .500 at home
Conference USA – Just two teams are below .500 at home
Ivy- Every team is .500 or better at home
MAC – Every team is greater than .500 at home
Missouri Valley – Just one team is below .500 at home
Mountain West – Three teams are below .500 at home, and San Diego State is the only undefeated team overall in the country
Sun Belt – Just one team is below .500 at home
West Coast- Two teams are below .500 at home and Gonzaga is currently projected as a No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament

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1-loss home teams

Alcorn State, Ausin Peay, Baylor, Belmont, Bethune-Cookman, Bradley, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Colgate, East Tennessee State, Eastern Washington, Florida International, Furman, Georgia State, Harvard, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana Tech, LSU, Monmouth-NJ, Montanta, New Mexico State, North Dakota, Oral Roberts, Rider, Rutgers, SMU, Southern, Stephen F. Austin, Tennessee State, Texas Southern, Villanova, Wofford, Yale

March Madness and the NCAA Tournament are part of the college basketball discussion daily moving forward, but plenty of other teams still pushing for a winning record and minor postseason tournament invitations and improved play down the seasons closing stretch. That includes rivalry games like Nevada (15-10) at UNLV (12-13) Feb. 12.

Author: FairwayJay

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