Which college basketball program is the greatest of all-time? The AP used its poll data, dating back to 1949, to decide which hoops powerhouse comes out on top.
Using a system that factors in poll appearances and No. 1 rankings, the AP listed out the Top 100 programs of all time.
— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) March 29, 2017
Here’s how the list was created:
To determine the all-time Top 100, the AP formula counted poll appearances (one point each) to mark consistency and No. 1 rankings (two points each) to acknowledge elite programs. Keep in mind that AP doesn’t release a poll after the NCAA Tournament, so eventual national champions are not factored into these rankings. Instead, this lists focuses more on those programs that consistently appear in the poll and/or at the top during the regular seasons.
Head over to the AP to go through the entire Top 100. Here’s the current Top 10:
The Bearcats are a bit of a surprise cracking the Top 10, but they have been a very strong team for a while, and were a power throughout the 1990s, when they appeared in 61.25-percent of polls, the AP notes. As conference alignment currently stands, Cincy is the No. 1 program among the “mid-majors,” with Georgetown coming in at No. 15 (depending on what you consider the Big East), and UConn at No. 16.
— Cincinnati Men’s Hoops (@GoBearcatsMBB) March 20, 2017
Through Jim Boeheim’s tenure, Syracuse has been remarkably consistent, despite how the last few hectic seasons may skew things. As the AP notes, the Orange(men) have appeared in an AP Poll at least once a season dating back to the 1982-83 campaign. And now, with the departure of top assistant Mike Hopkins, Boeheim remains in charge, like for at least a few more seasons.
— Syracuse Athletics (@Cuse) March 19, 2017
The Wildcats weren’t a factor in the early years of the AP Polls, but Lute Olson turned Arizona into a legitimate power out west that has become a mainstay in the Top 25.
— Arizona Athletics (@AZATHLETICS) March 24, 2017
The Cards have only reached No. 1 a few times, keeping them from being higher on this list, but they have been in the polls an impressive 54.41-percent of the time.
— Louisville Athletics (@GoCards) March 19, 2017
The Hoosiers have been searching for a return to the top of the college basketball world, and just hired Dayton’s Archie Miller to try and vault back up. However, the Hoosiers built themselves some serious wiggle room in the Bob Knight years, and hang around in the middle of the Top 10.
32-0. National champions. 41 years ago today.
Perfection has never been duplicated. 🐐🐐🐐 pic.twitter.com/O2kUZqh4AU
— Indiana Basketball (@IndianaMBB) March 29, 2017
Year-in and year-out, we wonder whether Kansas will once again dominate the Big 12, and every year, that’s exactly what Bill Self’s team does. While the lack of recent NCAA Tournament success irks some Jayhawks fans, the work his team puts in during the regular season is impressive, and Kansas has been one of the great programs for decades.
— Kansas Basketball (@KUHoops) March 26, 2017
John Wooden turned UCLA into college basketball’s greatest dynasty during his tenure in Westwood. While UCLA hasn’t reached that mountaintop again, the Wooden years were utterly dominant. The 134 weeks at No. 1 is the most of any team, and UCLA appeared in every single AP poll in the 1970s.
— UCLA Athletics (@UCLAAthletics) March 29, 2017
Duke has appeared in over two-thirds of all AP polls, with the vast majority coming in head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s tenure, as you can imagine. The Blue Devils have been No. 1 129 times in the AP poll.
— Duke Basketball (@DukeMBB) March 29, 2017
2. North Carolina
The Tar Heels edge out their arch-rival Blue Devils, nabbing the No. 2 ranking. UNC has the most AP Poll appearances and have appeared in at least one poll for 51 straight seasons.
— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) March 27, 2017
UK has appeared in over 75-percent of all polls, reached No. 1 124 different weeks, and has only gone unranked in three seasons dating back to 1949. The Wildcats unbelievably consistent, and often elite.
The ‘Cats are pretty excited about their ranking here as well.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) March 29, 2017