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Georgetown and Maryland men's basketball programs makes AP all-time rankings

Georgetown and Maryland men's basketball programs makes AP all-time rankings

How do you measure the success of a program? National Championships, NCAA tournament appearances, conference championships, continued success, etc. 

The Associated Press just gave another way to measure the top men's basketball programs of all time: their weekly rankings. 

Since January of 1949, the AP has been ranking the top teams in college basketball on a weekly basis. It has ranged from the top 10 teams all the way to the top 25 that we know today. Looking back into those over 1,100 rankings, the AP associated a point system to calculate the success; one point for being in a ranking, two points to be at the No. 1 ranking.

In their release, the AP also wanted to point out that they do not have a post-national championship rankings so the national champs are not factored into the rankings. 

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Both Georgetown and Maryland were ranked as two of the top 20 teams in the country:

No. 15. GEORGETOWN (421 Points)

Total appearances: 34.67% of all polls
First appearance: Jan. 13, 1953
No.1 ranking: 12
Best full decade: 1980s, appeared in 83.13% of polls.
Worst full decade: 1960s, didn’t appear in a single poll during the decade.
Poll point: After making their first appearance in the Jan. 13, 1953, poll, the Hoyas didn’t appear again for 25 seasons. Not until January 1978. After that, they were ranked at least once for the next 19 seasons, all under John Thompson’s coaching tenure.

No. 17. MARYLAND (400 Points)

Total appearances: 34.93% of all polls
First appearance: Jan. 29, 1954
No.1 ranking: 0
Best full decade: 2000s, appeared in 75.79% of polls.
Worst full decade: 1960s, appeared in only one poll.
Poll point: The Terrapins have the claim of being ranked the most without ever being No. 1. In six different seasons, including four straight in the mid-1970s, Maryland reached No. 2 at least once, but just hasn’t managed to get enough votes to take the top spot.

Other notable teams: 

No. 32 Virginia (283 points)

No. 42 West Virginia (229 points)

No. 88 George Washington (74 points)

No. 99 Virginia Tech (50 points)

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Patrick Ewing can't keep his son on staff because of a 'nepotism clause' ... at Georgetown

Patrick Ewing can't keep his son on staff because of a 'nepotism clause' ... at Georgetown

Patrick Ewing gave his first public interview as new Georgetown Hoyas head coach on Wednesday morning, during an appearance on 106.7 The Fan's "Sports Junkies" (Which airs live on CSN Mid-Atlantic).

The Hoya legend and longtime NBA assistant coach touched on a wide variety of subjects with "The Junks" but nothing stood out more than this line about what he plans to do with the current staff, namely his son, Patrick Ewing Jr.

"I wish that could be the case," the Hoyas head coach said when asked if his son, former Georgetown forward and current Director of Basketball Operations, would stay on staff.

"They [Georgetown University] has a nepotism clause and unfortunately they stand by it." 

It's an odd clause to have in place at any program. 

But even more strange considering the university had employed John Thompson III, the son of iconic head coach John Thompson Jr. as head basketball coach for 13 years, up until his firing two weeks ago.

While Ewing did not clarify if the rule is new or not, it's hard to imagine the rule was in place during JTIII's tenure.

But with John Thompson Jr. still clearly lording over the program some 18 years after he retired, perhaps the program is hoping to protect their brand from something like this happening again. 

Georgetown set to hire Patrick Ewing as head coach, source confirms

Georgetown set to hire Patrick Ewing as head coach, source confirms

Georgetown has hired former player and NBA Hall-of-Famer, Patrick Ewing, as the program's new head coach, a source confirmed to CSN Mid-Atlantic on Monday.

Ewing will replace the vacant position left by the firing of John Thompson III after 13 seasons at the helm.

Ewing was a primary candidate for the opening as soon as it became available, although the school also reached out to the likes of Texas' Shaka Smart, Harvard's Tommy Amaker and Rhode Island's Danny Hurley.

The university hired a search firm to help zero in on candidates before ultimately settling with the program's most iconic player.

With the Hoyas, the 54-year-old was a three-time All-American that helped carry the program to their lone NCAA tournament title. Drafted by the New York Knicks, he is also an 11-time NBA All-Star and the 1986 Rookie of the Year. 

He will be the 18th head coach in Georgetown's history, it will be Ewing's first head coaching job after four different jobs as an assistant in the NBA.

Ewing is already working on assembling a new staff, which is likely to include his son Patrick Ewing Jr., who was a part of the Hoyas' 2007 Final Four team and has served as the Hoyas' director of basketball operations since 2015.