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Through 96 years and 192 games, Hope leads the series 99-93.
Just 58 points separate the teams over 192 games, a difference of only 0.34 points per game!
Hope has scored 13,064 points, an average of 68.0416 per game.
Calvin has scored 12,998 points, an average of 67.6979 per game.
The series started in 1920-21 with a 31-13 Hope victory.
Calvin once defeated Hope 22 consecutive times (1969-70 until the second game in 1979-80). Hope's longest winning streak was 10 games, from the start of 1994-95 through 1997-98 season).
In 1964-65 Hope beat Calvin 104-102 in the series' highest scoring game.
The series' lowest scoring game was a 26-11 Hope win in 1924-25.
Hope was the first team to score 100 points, winning 100-90 in 1954. The most points was by Calvin - 105-71 in 1964. There hasn't been a 100-point game since 1972 when Calvin won, 102-89.
Hope's biggest margin of victory was 54-20 in 1921-22.
Calvin's biggest margin of victory was 85-43 in 1951-52.
The teams met five times in 2006-07. Hope won the series 3-2 in the most unusual way. Hope defeated Calvin twice on the Knights' home floor and Calvin defeated Hope twice in games at Hope's DeVos Fieldhouse. The fifth-game "rubber match" was played on a neutral floor in Aurora, Ill. with Hope prevailing 80-64 in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
The teams met for the first time in the championship game of the Select Bank Hall of Fame Classic in November, 2006 with the Flying Dutchmen prevailing 76-54 on Calvin's home court. They met again in the consolation final of the tournament in 2009 with Hope winning 79-76 at Calvin's Van Noord Arena.
The teams have met 16 times in the MIAA tournament since it began in 1992. Hope owns a 10-6 advantage and is 8-4 when the game determined the tournament champion. In 2006-07, the Knights defeated the Flying Dutchmen in the tournament finals 78-76 at Hope. In 2007-08, Hope defeated Calvin 88-72 in the MIAA Tournament Championship game. In 2008-09, Hope defeated Calvin 69-59 in the tournament final and in 2009-10, Hope defeated Calvin 78-74. In 2010-11, Hope defeated Calvin 72-67 in the title tilt. In 2012-13, Calvin defeated Hope 77-57 in the final. In 2013-14, Calvin defeated Hope 78-53 in the championship final. In 2014-15 Calvin defeated Hope 70-69 in the title game.
The teams have met six times in the NCAA playoffs with Calvin winning four of the six -- 92-90 ot in 1987, 95-68 in 1990, 84-79 ot in 1991 and 91-88 in 1992. Hope posted back-to-back victories in 2006 (70-67) and 2007 (80-64).
There have been eleven overtime games with Hope holding a 6-5 advantage.
Hope coach Greg Mitchell vs. Calvin (since 2014-15) is 1-3.
Calvin coach Kevin Vande Streek versus Hope (since 1996-97) is 23-34.
Calvin owned a 33-16 advantage in the 43 years of play at the Calvin Fieldhouse from the 1965-66 season through the 2007-08 season.
Hope hosted Calvin at the Holland Civic Center for 51 years (1954-55 thru 2004-05), Hope owning a 31-24 advantage.
Hope moved to its new Richard and Helen DeVos Fieldhouse for the 2005-06 season. Hope won the first meeting 73-55 and again in an NCAA tournament game 70-67. Hope is 11-6 versus Calvin at DeVos Fieldhouse.
The January 29, 1997 game at Van Andel Arena in downtown Grand Rapids, a 70-56 Hope triumph, established an NCAA Division III single game attendance record with a capacity crowd of 11,442.
Since Calvin began a member of the MIAA in time for the 1953-54 season it has won 31 MIAA titles while Hope has won 29 league crowns in that time. Calvin and Hope have won outright or shared 58 of 62 MIAA titles since 1953-54 with an Olivet title in 1972, an Alma/Albion co-title in 1978 and Albion crowns in 1979 and 2005 marking the only four seasons that Calvin or Hope didn’t have at least a piece of the title.
Updated January 21, 2015
Through 49 years and 113 games, Calvin leads the series 69-45.
The Hope/Calvin women's basketball rivalry started in 1965 with a 49-35 Calvin victory.
Since women's basketball became an official MIAA sport in 1978-79, Calvin leads the series 48-44.
Since 2000, Hope holds a 30-13 series advantage.
The most points by Hope in a game against Calvin was 89-51 in 2003. Calvin's most points was 87-71 in 1984. The most points by both teams in a game was in Hope's 88-81 win in November, 2013.
Hope defeated Calvin three times during the 2005-06 season enroute to winning the NCAA Division III national championship. Two of the wins came during the regular season and the third in the championship game of the conference tournament.
The teams have combined to win 29 MIAA championships through 2014-15, 15 by Calvin and 14 by Hope.
The teams have been to the NCAA tournament a combined 32 times, 16 by Calvin and 16 by Hope. Hope's best NCAA finish was winning the national championship in 1990 and 2006 while Calvin's best has been playing in the national quarterfinals finals four times (2005, 2007, 2012 and 2015). Both teams have advanced to the NCAA tournament in the same year on multiple occasions (1998, 1999, 2006 and 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015), but they've never met. Hope is 31-13 in NCAA games while Calvin is 20-14.
The fewest points by Hope in a game against Calvin was in a 73-19 loss in 1975. The fewest points by Calvin was in a 28-25 win in 1967.
The teams have played each other 16 times in the MIAA tournament since 1993. Hope has a 9-7 advantage. The teams have met in the MIAA tournament championship game 11 times with Hope winning eight and Calvin three times. —Hope won 59-43 in 1995, 73-71 in overtime in 1998, 63-44 in 2006, 71-68 in 2007, 68-49 in 2010 and 62-59 in 2012 while Calvin won 67-65 in 2011 and 65-43 in 2012. Hope then won 62-59 in the 2013 MIAA Tournament final and 88-79 in the 2014 MIAA Tournament final. In 2015, Calvin defeated Hope 77-73 in the title game.
Hope coach Brian Morehouse is 32-20 in games against Calvin since 1996-97. Calvin coach John Ross is 12-22 in games against Hope since 2003-04.
Calvin's longest winning streak in the series was 22 games (1965-79) and the longest with Hope was nine (2000-04).
Hope's biggest margin of victory was 38 points (89-51) in 2003. Calvin's biggest margin of victory was 54 points (73-19) in 1975.
Two games have gone into overtime, Hope winning 55-53 in 1995 and Calvin 63-58 in 2007.
28 of the games have been decided by five or fewer points with Calvin holding a 17-11 advantage in those games. In one-point games Calvin leads 3-0 (59-58 in 1981, 61-60 in 1984 and 56-55 in 2011).
Karla Hoesch Wolters, Hope Class of 1973 and a member of the Hope College Kinesiology faculty, coached Calvin to the 1979 MIAA championship. She was 3-0 in games she coached her Calvin teams against Hope from 1977-79.
Facts compiled by Tom Renner and Alan Babbitt, Hope College, and Jeff Febus, Calvin College
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January 27, 2016 - Hope 75, Calvin 67 - Box Score
January 20, 2016 - Hope 79, Calvin 47 - Box Score