U of L seventh in total AP Poll appearances

Whenever the task of ranking the best college basketball programs of all-time comes up, I always remark that the first six are easy to name but more difficult to rank. After that, the debate about the remaining four schools to round out the top ten begins to rage. I generally throw Louisville in at No. 7, sometimes in spite of strong opposition.

Well, now I have a bit more ammunition to back up that claim, as the Associated Press has gone over each and every poll since 1949 and ranked the programs based on poll appearances. Despite being one of just two teams in the top 25 to have never been ranked No. 1 by the AP (No. 12 Maryland is the other), Louisville comes in at No. 7, just behind Indiana and just in front of Syracuse.

Here's how the entire top 25 looks:

RK

Team

App*

Avg RK

High RK

1. North Carolina 746 6.84 1
2. Kentucky 723 6.63 1
3. UCLA 636 7.56 1
4. Duke 606 6.47 1
5. Kansas 565 8.12 1
6. Indiana 498 10.36 1
7. Louisville 480 11.58 2
8. Syracuse 431 12.53 1
9. Arizona 413 10.20 1
10. Illinois 407 10.78 1
11. Cincinnati 355 10.14 1
12. Maryland 351 11.68 2
13. NC State 324 11.16 1
14. Georgetown 319 11.64 1
15. Marquette
315 11.34 1
15. Iowa
315 13.23 1
17. Michigan 312 10.15 1
18. Oklahoma 293 12.51 1
19. Notre Dame 290 11.07 1
20. Alabama 286 13.52 1
21. Michigan State 284 11.55 1
22. St. John's (NY) 281 12.00 1
23. Ohio State 270 9.26 1
24. Connecticut 264 9.52 1
25. Wake Forest 258 13.12 1

 

Check out the AP Poll archive for more awesomeness along these lines.

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