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.
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)