The Associated Press has been producing weekly college basketball polls for over 68 years, and today they released their top 100 teams of all time.
These rankings were based on a formula that included all-time poll appearances (1 point for each) and No. 1 rankings (2 points for each). Kentucky finished with the highest total of a whopping 1,111 points.
The Wildcats have appeared in 75.37% of polls created by the AP. The best decade for Kentucky was the 1950’s where they were ranked in 89.63% of polls, with the 1990’s coming in a close second with 89.33%. The 1960’s were a low point, appearing in only 59.59% of AP polls. Incidentally, the AP poll dropped from a list of 20 teams to 10 for the majority of the 1960’s.
There have been only three seasons in the history of the AP poll when Kentucky has never been ranked: 1952-53, 1988-89, and 1989-90.
North Carolina (1,098), Duke (1,032), UCLA (957), and Kansas (857) round out the top 5. After a more significant plunge in points, Indiana (662) and Louisville (627) come in at No. 6 and No. 7, respectively. For reference, there is as great of a gap between Kentucky and Louisville as there is between Louisville and Iowa (343).
I doubt Big Blue Nation can find a reason to argue with this list. But do you believe this is an accurate way to measure the all-time AP rankings?