It was a historic beatdown on Saturday evening in Bud Walton Arena. The worst loss in the 6,656 days since the “Basketball Palace of Mid-America” opened its doors.
But the loss to Florida also ended another streak: 276 days since a Razorback men’s major sport team had lost in Fayetteville. Nearly nine months and 26 games (4 baseball, 5 football and 17 basketball) since Ole Miss defeated the Razorback baseball team, 2-1, on May 19, 2011.
If you count just football and men’s basketball, it had been 354 days and 22 consecutive wins in Fayetteville since Mississippi State won 88-78 in Bud Walton on March 2, 2011. In other words…nearly an entire year of winning at home.
Of course, the Hogs don’t play every game at home. And we all certainly remember more than a few of the other beatdowns on the road from the past year.
In football, 24-point losses to eventual national champion Alabama and national runner-up LSU still sting. A lot.
And in basketball this season, a 23-point loss at Kentucky, a 22-point loss at Georgia and a 19-point loss at Tennessee were all just as painful to watch as Saturday’s game. But none happened on home turf or home court. (Yes…we do remember the basketball Hogs lost to Houston at “neutral site” Little Rock back in November.)
Ultimately, we throw out all these statistics to try to give a greater perspective on what has likely been one of the longest combined major sport home winning streaks in school history.
It doesn’t make the ugly loss on Saturday (or any of the other losses) any easier to take. But it does help us take a step back and appreciate how much fun it’s been to go watch a Razorback game in Fayetteville over most of the last 12 months.