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MSU's Big 10 Dominance at Breslin

Disclaimer: I had been meaning to post this before Big 10 play started, but didn't finish compiling everything until yesterday, the day of the IU game. Given MSU's crazy long streak against IU at Breslin, I didn't want to take any chances of jinxing it, so I thought it would be better to hold off a day. I think we can all agree that was the sound, logical thing to do.

Since the Breslin Center opened for the 1989-90 season, MSU has been, how you say, really good. From winning a Big 10 title in the building's first year to the four-year run of dominance in the Flintstone era to the back-to-back titles in '09 and '10, "The Bres" has been home to a glorious age of MSU establishing itself as a conference powerhouse.

It is widely known that MSU enjoys great success at home, as evidenced by such things as the 53-game winning streak from 1998 to 2002 (incidentally, that winning streak started with the first game of my freshman year in the Izzone, meaning we didn't lose a home game until the second semester of my senior year). Now that we've got 22 full seasons under our belt in the arena, I thought it would be interesting to see just how successful MSU has been against conference opponents at Breslin since its opening. I've also broken it down to show Izzo's record separately. Some bullets before the team-by-team breakdowns:

  • An amazing .825 winning% for all conference games at Breslin
  • An even amazinger .852 winning% under Izzo
  • Only 1 losing record in conference play (4-5 in 1992-93, an NIT year)
  • Since 1996-97, MSU has not lost more than 2 conference games at home in a season
  • Izzo has only lost 20 conference home games in 16 seasons

MSU's Record at Breslin Against Conference Opponents*

*updated to include 12/28/11 win vs. IU

Illinois
Overall: 15-5 (.750)
Under Izzo: 10-4 (.714)
Last Loss: 3/4/06
Biggest Win: 91-66 (1/30/00)
Biggest Loss: 68-81 (2/1/05) and 39-52 (1/9/93)
Longest Winning Streak: 5 (2007-present)
Longest Losing Streak: 2 (2005-2006)

Average Margin: +4.25

Indiana
Overall: 18-1 (.947)
Under Izzo: 14-0 (1.00)
Last Loss: 2/28/91
Biggest Win: 103-74 (3/2/08)
Biggest Loss: 56-62 (2/28/91)
Longest Winning Streak: 17 (1992-present)
Longest Losing Streak: n/a

Average Margin: +10.3

Iowa
Overall: 18-2 (.900)
Under Izzo: 14-0 (1.00)
Last Loss: 1/28/93
Biggest Win: 81-49 (2/17/07)
Biggest Loss: 90-96 (1/28/93)
Longest Winning Streak: 16 (1994-present)
Longest Losing Streak: n/a

Average Margin: +11.75

Michigan
Overall: 14-6* (.700)
Under Izzo: 11-3 (.786)
Last Loss: 1/27/11
Biggest Win: 114-63 (3/4/00)
Biggest Loss: 54-76 (1/13/96)
Longest Winning Streak: 11 (1997-2010)
Longest Losing Streak: 3 (1992-1994)

Average Margin: +8.8

* In the 1996-97 season, MSU played 19 games against Big 10 opponents instead of 18. From what I can tell, MSU was only scheduled to play Michigan once (in Ann Arbor), so they scheduled a home game that did not count toward the conference record (Michigan won 74-61). I included it here for the sake of completeness, but technically, MSU's conference record at home against Michigan is 14-5. It should probably also be pointed out (because I enjoy doing so) that Michigan's wins in 1993, 1996, and 1997 were vacated by the NCAA (fun fact: the 26 regular season wins vacated from the 1993 season are the most to ever be vacated for any program in one season). My understanding is that we don't get to vacate our losses, but they don't get credit for the wins. So there. Cheaters.

Minnesota
Overall: 17-3 (.850)
Under Izzo: 12-2 (.857)
Last Loss: 1/4/97
Biggest Win: 79-43 (3/2/00)
Biggest Loss: 43-68 (1/4/97)
Longest Winning Streak: 12 (1998-present)
Longest Losing Streak: 2 (1996-1997)

Average Margin: +11.25

Northwestern
Overall: 18-1 (.947)
Under Izzo: 12-1 (.923)
Last Loss: 1/21/09
Biggest Win: 93-56 (1/18/95)
Biggest Loss: 63-70 (1/21/09)
Longest Winning Streak: 16 (1990-2008)
Longest Losing Streak: n/a

Average Margin: +16.4

Ohio State
Overall: 14-4 (.778)
Under Izzo: 10-3 (.769)
Last Loss: 2/21/10
Biggest Win: 15 points (3 times)
Biggest Loss: 65-78 (2/29/92)
Longest Winning Streak: 10 (1993-2005)
Longest Losing Streak: 2 (2006-2007)

Average Margin: +5.8

Penn State
Overall: 14-1 (.933)
Under Izzo: 12-1 (.923)
Last Loss: 2/1/09
Biggest Win: 86-49 (2/20/08)
Biggest Loss: 68-72 (2/1/09)
Longest Winning Streak: 12 (1993-2008)
Longest Losing Streak: n/a

Average Margin: +16.3

Purdue
Overall: 12-7 (.632)
Under Izzo: 9-4 (.692)
Last Loss: 2/27/11
Biggest Win: 77-52 (2/8/06)
Biggest Loss: 47-67 (2/27/11)
Longest Winning Streak: 9 (1999-2009)
Longest Losing Streak: 5 (1993-1998)

Average Margin: +2.9

Wisconsin
Overall: 16-4 (.800)
Under Izzo: 11-3 (.786)
Last Loss: 3/2/04
Biggest Win: 97-72 (3/11/95)
Biggest Loss: 52-73 (2/24/96)
Longest Winning Streak: 6 (2005-present)
Longest Losing Streak: 2 (2002-2004)

Average Margin: +7.75

All Big 10 Games
Overall: 156-33 (.825)
Under Izzo: 115-20 (.852)
Last Loss: 2/27/11 (vs. Purdue)
Biggest Win: 114-63 (vs. Michigan, 3/4/00)
Biggest Loss: 43-68 (vs. Minnesota, 1/4/97)
Longest Winning Streak: 24 (1999-2002)
Longest Losing Streak: 4 (1993)

This is a FanPost, written by a member of the TOC community. It does not represent the official positions of The Only Colors, Inc.--largely because we have no official positions.

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