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March 07, 2011
March 07, 2011

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March 7, 2011

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Feting the end of an epic geek streak

On Feb. 22, D-III Caltech upended Occidental 46--45, snapping an NCAA-record 310-game conference losing streak that had spanned seven U.S. presidential terms. Over 26 years Caltech highlights have been rare on the court but frequent off it: Beavers ballers—many of whom have gone on to earn Ph.D.'s in biochemistry, physics and economics—have been known to play games after pulling all-nighters to finish 13-hour midterms. In honor of those number crunchers, here's a data-heavy look at the ups and (mostly) downs of Caltech's streak.

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200

Players who have appeared

0

Players who have gone on to compete at any pro level

4

Head coaches employed

10

Losses by five or fewer points

60

Losses by 50 or more points

35.1

Average points margin of defeat in conference

98

Worst points margin of defeat in conference

8

Players who have scored 30 or more points in a game

5

School alumni who have won the Nobel Prize during the streak

PHOTOMANDY GAMBLE (CALTECH)