Hope-Calvin Men's Basketball Rivalry

Updated through 2018-19 season

Through 202 games, Hope leads the all-time series 103-99.

The scoring difference between the teams is a 0.476 per game in favor of Hope. Hope has scored 13,796 points, an average of 68.297 per game while Calvin has scored 13,700 points, an average of 67.821 per game.

Since 1953 — the year Calvin joined the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association — the league champion or co-champion has been either Hope or Calvin a total of 63 times (Hope 32, Calvin 31).

Hope moved to the Richard and Helen DeVos Fieldhouse for the 2005-06 season. Hope won the first meeting 73-55 and again in a NCAA tournament game 70-67. Through the 2017-18 season, Hope is 12-10 versus Calvin at DeVos.

Calvin moved to its new Van Noord Arena for the 2008-09 season. The teams split two games played there in the inaugural year, Calvin by 63-62 in the regular season matchup and Hope by 69-59 in the championship game of the MIAA conference tournament. The Hope record at Van Noord is 9-10.

Calvin owns a 3-2 advantage when the game is played on a neutral floor. The most recent neutral floor game occurred in 2007 with Hope defeating Calvin 80-64 in the second round of the NCAA tournament at Aurora, Ill.

Hope coach Greg Mitchell versus Hope (since 2014-15) is 5-8. 

Calvin coach Bill Sall is coaching against Hope for the first time in the 2019-20 season.

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.

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).

Hope's largest advantage in the series was 17 games (ending in 67-68) while Calvin's largest advantage was 10 games (ending in 1993-94).

After the 1968-69 season, Hope held a 16-win advantage in the series. Calvin won the next 22 games to go ahead in the series by six games. Since then (through the 2012-13 season), the series lead has exchanged hands five times -- 85-86 Hope, 89-90 Calvin, 2006-07 Hope, 2006-07 Calvin and 2007-08 Hope.

The Rivalry has been tied eight times -- 1976-77 (after 88th game, 44-44), 1984-85 (106th game, 53-53), 1988-89 (116th game, 58-58), 1997-98 (140th game, 70-70), 1998-99 (142nd game, 71-71), 2006-07 (162nd game, 81-81), 2006-07 (164th game, 82-82), and 2006-07 (166th game, 83-83).

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 a record 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 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 twice in the Grand Rapids Hall of Fame Classic. Hope has won both games on Calvin's court, 76-54 in 2006 and 79-76 in 2009. The Classic is now designed to avoid a Hope/Calvin game.

The teams have met 18 times in the MIAA tournament since it began in 1992. The Flying Dutchmen own a 10-8 advantage and are 8-5 when the game determined the tournament champion.

The teams have met six times in the NCAA Tournament 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 12 overtime games with Hope holding a 6-6 advantage.

Hope hosted Calvin at the Holland Civic Center for 51 years (1954-55 thru 2004-05), Hope claimed a 31-24 advantage.

Calvin owned a 33-16 advantage in games played at the Calvin College (Knollcrest) Fieldhouse from 1965-66 thru 2007-08. Hope won the final game at Knollcrest between the teams on 1/26/08 by 79-76.


2010s -- Hope leads 15-13
2000s -- Hope won 16-14
1990s -- A draw 13-13
1980s -- Hope won 14-9
1970s -- Calvin won 21-0
1960s -- Hope won 11-9
1950s -- A draw 10-10
1940s -- Hope won 8-2
1930s -- Hope won 9-5
1920s -- Hope won 6-2

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