Kansas ranks No. 5 in AP All-Time Top 100
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NEW YORK – On Wednesday the Associated Press (AP) released its All-Time Top 100 – a comprehensive ranking of all college basketball programs since the poll began in 1949. Through over 68 years and more than 1,100 polls, the history lesson gives many more reasons why Kansas basketball stands as one of the elite programs in the history of the game.
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.
The poll started with 20 teams ranked each week until it was reduced to just the Top 10 midway through the 1960-1961 season. It then returned to a Top 20 format for the 1968-69 season. The poll expanded to 25 teams starting with the 1989-1990 and it has remained that size since then. The first preseason poll was introduced at the start of the 1961-1962 season.
KU’s AP All-Time Top 100 Notes:
• Kansas ranks fifth in the AP All-Time Top 100 with 857 points.
• The Jayhawks have appeared in every poll since Feb. 2, 2009 – the nation’s longest active streak (161-straight AP polls). UCLA owns the all-time streak of 221 from 1966 to 1980.
• Since taking over as KU’s head coach in 2003, Bill Self’s teams have appeared in the poll more than 90 percent of the time.
• KU’s best decade in the AP poll was the 1990s, when it appeared in 92 percent of the polls. KU also hasn’t missed a poll yet in the 2010s.
• Kansas features 65 No. 1-rankings in the history of the poll, including 26 during the Bill Self era.
• Kansas has finished the season ranked No. 1 in the AP poll three times (1997, 2010, 2016).
• Of KU’s 729 all-time appearances in the AP poll, 524 have been in the top-10, and 317 have been in the top-5.
• Kansas has finished the season in the AP top-10 29 times – the fourth-most in poll history.
• Kansas is one of 59 programs to have ever received a No. 1 ranking.
• KU’s first appearance in the poll was March 7, 1950 (No. 19).
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