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