Kentucky tabbed AP’s top all-time program

For the last 68 years, the Associated Press has been ranking the top college basketball programs throughout each season, and the best program it has seen during that time is Kentucky.

That’s what the AP announced Wednesday when it released its top 100 programs all-time. The AP has released more than 1,100 polls during those 68 years with 200 different schools cracking the rankings and 59 reaching No. 1.

The Associated Press named Kentucky its top program all-time. (photo by Chris Reynolds)

The Associated Press named Kentucky its top program all-time. (photo by Chris Reynolds)

Kentucky earned the top spot after earning 124 No. 1 rankings, third most all-time, and has been remarkably consistent. Only three times since the inception of the AP poll have the Wildcats failed to crack the AP poll throughout the entirety of a season, the fewest poll-less seasons of any program. UK has appeared in 75.37 percent of all the AP polls, the second-best clip of all programs.

To determine its top 100 programs, the AP counted poll appearances (one point each) and No. 1 rankings (two points each).

The AP poll started with 20 teams ranked each week until it was reduced to 10 midway through the 1960-61 season. The AP poll went back to a top 20 format for the 1968-69 season. The poll expanded to its current 25-team format beginning with the 1989-90 season.

Kentucky’s best full decade was in the 1950s, where it appeared in 89.6 percent of the polls. In the 1990s, UK was listed in 89.3 percent of the polls. The Wildcats have been ranked in every AP poll for the last three seasons.

Behind Kentucky and rounding out the AP’s top five programs is North Carolina, Duke, UCLA and Kansas.

You can check out the AP’s all-time top 100 by clicking here.