With Connecticut women’s basketball being so dominant, here’s something you might have overlooked: The Huskies’ win over Memphis on Wednesday improved them to 99-1 in their past 100 games (Connecticut faces Temple at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday).
How does that compare across other major sports? With the help of the Elias Sports Bureau, we have a list of the best 100-game stretches.
NFL –- 2003-09 Colts & Patriots (81-19)
During this seven-season span, Tom Brady’s Patriots and Peyton Manning’s Colts both went 81-19 over separate 100-game stretches, tied for the most wins in a 100-game span in NFL history. During those seven seasons, the Patriots and Colts combined to reach five Super Bowls, winning three of them. Manning and Brady combined to win five MVP awards.
NBA -- 1995-96 Bulls (89-11)
In Michael Jordan’s first full season after his first retirement, the Bulls won an NBA-record 72 games and went on to win the franchise’s fourth championship in six years.
The Bulls then started the 1996-97 season 17-1 to finish off the best 100-game stretch in NBA history, during which they outscored opponents by 12.8 points per game and scored at least 100 points 70 times.
Jordan averaged 30.4 points per game during the run, and was awarded the regular-season and Finals MVP awards in 1996.
MLB -- 1907 Cubs (84-16)
After losing to the rival White Sox in the 1906 World Series, the Cubs were on a mission the following season, reeling off the best 100-game stretch in baseball’s modern era. The Cubs won the 1907 World Series (just the fourth World Series ever played) behind the one-two punch of 20-game winners Orval Overall and Hall of Famer Mordecai Brown.
NHL -- 1977-78 Canadiens (77-10-13)
In the midst of four straight Stanley Cup titles in the late 1970s, the Canadiens went on the best 100-game stretch in NHL history, losing just 10 games during a run from January 1977 through April 1978. Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur won the Hart Trophy in 1977 and 1978, leading the league with 60 goals in 1977-78.
Men's College Basketball –- 1971-74 UCLA (99-1)
During what was arguably the greatest dynasty in sports history, John Wooden’s Bruins went on their best run from 1971 to '74, losing only one game in a three-season span, and starting 13-0 in 1973-74. During that stretch, UCLA won 20 straight games against ranked opponents, as well as seven straight against top-five teams. The Bruins won the final three of seven straight national championships, and Bill Walton won the Naismith Award in 1972, 1973 and 1974, and was voted AP Player of the Year in 1972 and 1973.
Women's College Basketball -- 2013-16 Connecticut (99-1)
The first college basketball dynasty to rival that of John Wooden’s UCLA teams has been Geno Auriemma’s dominant Connecticut women’s teams.
In fact, this isn’t even the first time the Huskies have won 99 games in a 100-game stretch. They also did it from 2008 to '11, during which they won an NCAA-record 90 straight games.
During their current run, they’ve won three straight national titles, Breanna Stewart has won each of the past two Naismith Awards and they’ve outscored their opponents by 37 points per game.
Golf -- 1999-2003 Tiger Woods (35 wins, 7 majors)
During a 100-tournament stretch from February 1999 to September 2003, Tiger won 35 times (including 7 of his 14 career majors) and had 62 top-5 finishes. During this stretch, he was more likely to win a tournament than he was to finish outside the top 10, which he did only 28 times. It was also during this run that he won the “Tiger Slam,” winning four majors in a row from the 2000 U.S. Open through the 2001 Masters.