AP Poll College Basketball Rankings: The Best Programs of All Time

AP Poll College Basketball Rankings: The Best Programs of All Time

According to AP College Basketball Polls, where do all teams historically rank? These are the best basketball programs of all time using the final AP rankings.

AP Poll College Basketball Rankings: Best Program of All Time

AP Poll, all-time college basketball rankings
1950 | 1960 | 1970 | 1980 | 1990 | years 2000 | 2010s | 2020
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The AP Top 25 Poll is best known for its football rankings, but it has also been among the most consistently trusted systems for basketball. The football side started in 1936, basketball in the 1948-1949 season.

No other ranking is as good when it comes to providing a historical snapshot of college basketball.

According to the final AP rankings for each season, how and where have all the college basketball teams been ranked since they started? What did voters think over the years?

Just like we do with football rankings, take all the final AP rankings and use our simple point system: The No. 1 final AP in each season gets 25 points, the No. 2 team 24, the No. 3 23, and so on. to the bottom.

Now, with that being said, there is one massive Difference between soccer and basketball.

It’s a bug, and there’s no way around it. Unlike football, since at least 1968, the AP publishes its final basketball rankings at the end of the regular season and not after the whole season is over. Therefore, the NCAA Tournament is not taken into account in almost all AP college basketball rankings for the year.

The AP has always named a national champion in college football, and that mattered in the old days of polling and bowling. But then came the BCS, and it still mattered to some degree, and now we have the College Football Playoff to define a national champion. That’s not the deal for basketball.

You can look at this in two different ways.

For one, that makes these rankings a true representation of how good basketball teams were each season. To be blunt, the NCAA Tournament, which didn’t officially become the dominant force over the NIT until 1971, is a gimmick. A team can finish seventh in their conference, heat up over two weekends, and be in the thick of the national title hunt.

On the other hand, the 1988 NCAA Tournament champion Kansas Jayhawks were not in the final AP Top 25. The 1985 Villanova Wildcats were unranked, and the 1983 NC State Wolfpack was ranked 16th. So those teams, and others, get little to no credit in the rankings below, showing that determining a national title in depending on the opinion of the judges is probably not the best way to do it.

So there are a lot of structural inconsistencies, but…

Based on the final AP college basketball rankings from the 1948-1949 season through the end of the 2021-2022 regular season, who earned the most all-time recognition from AP voters?

AP Poll, all-time college basketball rankings
1950 | 1960 | 1970 | 1980 | 1990 | years 2000 | 2010s | 2020
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AP Poll: Final all-time college basketball standings from 1949 to 2022

1 Kentucky 1082

2 North Carolina 944

3 duke 921

4 KANSAS 857

5 UCLA 732

6 Louisville 518

7Arizona 475

8 Indiana 458

9 State of Michigan 416

10 Ohio State 415

11 Syracuse 403

12 Cincinnati 400

13 Michigan 398

14 Illinois 394

15 Villanueva 387

16 Our Lady 358

17 Purdue 324

18 Maryland 314

19 Marquette 311

20 George Town 286

21 Gonzaga 285

22 Oklahoma 283

T23 Utah 271

T23 UConn 271

25 Arkansas 271

AP Poll, all-time college basketball rankings
1950 | 1960 | 1970 | 1980 | 1990 | years 2000 | 2010s | 2020
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NEXT: AP Rankings: Greatest College Basketball Programs of All Time 26 to 140

AP Poll College Basketball Rankings: Greatest Programs of All Time: 26 to 167

26 State of North Carolina 266

27 Iowa 255

28 State of Kansas 251

29 UNLV 248

T30 Oklahoma State 240

T30 Virginia 240

T30 West Virginia 240

33 Saint John 232

34 Memphis 228

T35 Bradley 214

T35 wake of the forest 214

37 al 207

38 DePaul 197

39 Missouri 193

40 Wisconsin 190

41 hole 189

42 Houston 184

43 fl 179

T44 Tennessee 178

T44 Tiles 160

46 State of Florida 159

T46 LSU 157

T46 San Francisco 157

49 Stanford 151

50 Minnesota 150

AP Poll, all-time college basketball rankings
All-Time College Basketball Final Standings | 1950 | 1960
1970 | 1980 | 1990 | years 2000 | 2010s | 2020
college football The Best AP Programs of All Time

51 Western Kentucky 147

52 State of Mississippi 140

53 Temple 132

54 vanderbilt 130

55 Duquesne 128

S56 BYU 124

T56 State of Oregon 124

58 Saint Louis 123

T59 Dayton 122

T59 Baylor 122

61 Room 121

62 Wichita State 115

63 New Mexico 114

64 South Carolina 112

64 USC 112

T66 Xavier 110

T66 Auburn 110

68 Seton Room 108

69 Washington 106

70 Iowa State 105

T71 Georgia Tech 104

T71 St. Bonaventure 104

T73 State of Arizona 98

T73 Providence 98

75 Boston University 96

76 San Jose 95

77 Santa Cruz 93

78 Loyola-Chicago 92

79 David 89

80 Texas Tech 87

81 Pennsylvania 85

T82 Oregon 83

T82 UMass 83

84 Miami 81

85 Long Beach State 77

86 Seattle 71

87 San Diego State 67

88 ECU 66

89 caliber 65

90 UTEP 62

91 Princeton 61

T92 colorado 58

T92 Creighton 58

Butler T94 57

T94 Dragon 57

96 Tulsa 56

97 Louisiana Tech 55

98 State of New Mexico 50

99 Clemson 46

100 Colombian 42

T101 Oklahoma City 41

T101 Wyoming 41

103 george washington 38

T104 Jacksonville 37

T104 State of Utah 37

T106 Bowling green 34

T106 Washington State 34

T108 Santa Clara 33

T108 Texas A&M 33

110 New York University 31

T111 Rutgers 30

T111 Murray Estate 30

T113 Georgia 28

T113 TCU 28

115 Santa Maria 26

T116 State of Indiana 25

T116 Nevada 25

T116 Old Miss 25

116 State of Pennsylvania 25

T120 Detroit 22

121 University of Charleston 20

T122 Nebraska 19

T122 New Orleans 19

T122 Niagara 19

T122 Toledo 19

T126 Idaho 18

T126 Oral Roberts 18

T126 VCU 18

T129 Fordham 17

T129 Tulano 17

T131 Loyola Monte Maria 16

T131 Western Michigan 16

T133 Fresno State 15

T133 Northern Iowa 15

T133 Southern Illinois 15

T133 Virginia Tech 15

T133 Yale 15

138 Marshal 14

139 long island 13

T140 buffalo 11

T140 Charlotte 11

T140 Chattanooga 11

T143 State of Idaho 10

T143 UAB 10

T145 East Tennessee 9

T145 Navy 9

T145 State of San Jose 9

T145 Weber State 9

T149 State 8 Ball

T149 Rutgers 8

T149 Sienna 8

T152 Austin Peay 7

T152 Centennial 7

T152 Hamline 7

T152 University of Miami 7

T152 Wolfford 7

T157 Canisius 6

T157 Pepper 6

T157 SW State of Missouri 6

T157 State of Texas 6

T157 IMV 6

T162 Pacific 4

T162 Winthrop 4

164 Boise State 3

T165 Richmond 2

T165 State of Colorado 2

T167 Hawaii 1

T167 Miss of the South 1

AP Poll, all-time college basketball rankings
All-Time College Basketball Final Standings | 1950 | 1960
1970 | 1980 | 1990 | years 2000 | 2010s | 2020
college football The Best AP Programs of All Time

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