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The Associated Press college basketball poll started on Jan. 20, 1949. The original poll had 20 teams, with Saint Louis the first school to hold the No. 1 ranking. From the 1961-62 season through 1967-68 only 10 teams were ranked. It expanded again to 20 teams from 1968-69 through 1988-89. The Top 25 began the next season, and it has stayed at that number ever since. The AP's final poll is released after the field for the NCAA Tournament is selected.
It makes sense. Liberty, DePaul and Penn St. all have a waaaay better recent 10 year history and proven coaches. It's a shame we don't have a top-level head coach and no proven history the past 10 years.
AP Poll History of Wichita State:
Number of Times Ranked: 157
Number of Times Ranked #1: 1
Number of Times Top 5: 32 (Most Recent - 2017)
Number of Times Top 10: 73 (Most Recent - 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
Highest Recent AP Ranking:
#3 - Dec. 2017
#2 ~ March 2014
Highest Recent Coaches Poll Ranking:
#2 ~ March 2014
Finished 2013 Season #4
No doubt Seth Davis owns a severe case of admitted political bias, fostered and perhaps conceived on the elitist of the elite Dookie campus, but remember also that he said "Wichita State to the Final Four" before the Pitt game. One assumes that was prior to contracting TDS.
As for Liberty, they do own a road win at Vandy. I know Vandy is terrible but when you were 10-0 it does give some validation. Losing to UAB cancels that though.
Duke, especially at his time in college, is/was far from an elite "liberal" school.
Perhaps it was more of the fact that he's Lanny Davis' son than the fact he went to Duke.
Meh. Nothing burger to me. Didn't have enough help ahead of us to move all the way up. Still solidly at 26. One more spot wouldn't have made me feel that much better. If this gives the guys even a bit of a chip on the shoulder to get shots up during their break, I'm all for it. Barring weird happenings this week (are there many relevant games this week that could realistically move rankings), we'll just have to take care of business with Abilene, ECU, and Ole Miss to get ourselves in the rankings just in time for the Memphis game.
EDIT: To answer my own question, there are a couple chances to get help this week:
21 Washington is at Diamondhead this week, playing 8-3 Hawaii tonight and either Georgia Tech or Houston on Christmas
19 Kentucky hosts 3 Louisville on Saturday. A loss maybe wouldn't knock Kentucky out of rankings but it certainly drops them even more, especially if Louisville lays the lumber to them
22 West Virginia goes to Columbus to take on 2 Ohio State on Sunday. Again, a loss maybe shouldn't knock out West Virginia, but a sizable loss makes it possible.
Last edited by WuShock16; December 23rd, 2019, 12:42 PM.