ACC all- time No. 1 in men’s bas­ket­ball

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By John Mar­shall

new york» The Atlantic Coast Con­fer­ence is the king of The As­so­ci­ated Press all- time top 100.

Led by blue bloods at the top and backed by years of dom­i­nance in col­lege bas­ket­ball, the ACC had more teams ranked and more No. 1s than any other con­fer­ence through 68 years of the AP’s top- 25 poll.

“It­was just an in­cred­i­ble con­fer­ence,” for­mer Maryland coach Gary Wil­liams said. “Be­tween Dean Smith and North Carolina and Mike Krzyzewski at Duke, there was no easy way to go if you wanted to be suc­cess­ful.”

For the first time, The As­so­ci­ated Press is us­ing data from more than 1,100 weekly top- 25 polls to rank the best men’s pro­grams and con­fer­ences.

The AP’s for­mula counted one point for each poll ap­pear­ance to mark con­sis­tency and two points to ac­knowl­edge elite pro­grams. A to­tal of 200 schools have been ranked and 59 have been No. 1, start­ing with Saint Louis in 1949.

The ACC ruled the all­time rank­ings by earn­ing 3,445 points for ap­pear­ances, 272 for No. 1 rank­ings. The Big Ten was sec­ond, fin­ish­ing more than 300 points be­hind, but was well ahead of the SEC, which was more than 700 points be­hind in third.

The ACC’s claim to the all- time poll throne starts with power pro­grams North Carolina and Duke.

The Tar Heels were sec­ond over­all among all teams— be­hind Ken­tucky — in to­tal points and had 110 teams ranked No. 1, fourth- most in his­tory. Duke was third over­all and in No. 1 rank­ings with 129.

Re­align­ment in re­cent years has shifted the makeup of con­fer­ences across the coun­try.

The AP for­mula ac­counted for the shift­ing of the con­fer­ence tides by only award­ing points while a team was in a par­tic­u­lar league. So, for ex­am­ple, when Louisville was ranked No. 1 dur­ing the 2012- 13 sea­son, the points go to the Big East, not to the Car­di­nals’ cur­rent con­fer­ence, the ACC.

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