It’s the week leading up to the Final Four of the 2017 NCAA tournament, so that means it’s time for whacky lists. In this case, it’s kind of a scientific whacky list, as the Associated Press took a look back to rank the top 100 college basketball teams in the history of their media poll.
YOUR Marquette Golden Eagles ranked #21 in AP poll history.
Since they’re ranked in the top 25, the AP put together a little blurb on Marquette.
The Golden Eagles were certainly golden in the ‘70s when they appeared in the poll for 166 consecutive weeks and recorded nearly half of their poll appearances in history as well as all three times at No. 1. Only two seasons since then have they been ranked in every week’s poll – 2002-2003 and 2011-2012.
The AP assigned each team one point for each appearance in their poll, which has varied between 10 and 25 teams over the years. #1 rankings earned each team two points. The top 100 list is merely counting up the points. Marquette earned 366 points, tying with North Carolina State for 21st place. Oklahoma came in at #20 with 371 points, while Iowa popped up at #23 with 343 points.
Marquette has appeared in 31.44% of all of the AP polls, with their best decade coming in the 1970s. Marquette missed one poll - one week - in the entire decade. MU’s worst decade came in the 1980s, though, where they appeared in just 3.01% of the polls in that 10 year period. This is probably not news to you, though, if you’ve done enough research into MU’s history and/or were forced to live through the Bob Dukiet years.
Marquette is the 3rd best Big East program on the list. Georgetown (#15) and Villanova (#19) are the only teams in the conference ahead of Marquette, while St. John’s (#27), DePaul (#49), Xavier (#53), Providence (#57), Butler (#67), Seton Hall (#72), and Creighton (#82) all made it into the top 100.
Wisconsin ranked 37th (THIRTY-SEVEN?!?) in all time AP poll appearances, while Virginia Tech slotted in at #99, tucked neatly between Loyola-Chicago and a tie for 100th place between Jacksonville and Mississippi.
Go check out the full top 100 list right here.