MSU basketball ranked No. 13 all-time by Associated Poll
After 31 NCAA Tournament appearances, nine Final Four berths and two national championships, MSU men's basketball was ranked the No. 13 all-time best basketball program, the Associated Press announced in its All-Time Top 100 list Wednesday.
Since 1949, the AP has ranked the most premier teams in college basketball. During the span of 68 years and more than 1,100 polls, a total of 200 schools
The Top 100 poll counted all-time poll appearances per school — giving each appearance one point — to mark consistency, while programs were awarded two points for each time ranked No. 1.
The AP did state they do not release a poll after the NCAA Tournament, so national champions are not factored into the rankings, but the list focuses more on the programs that consistently appear in the poll and/or at the top during the regular season.
The prominent poll first started with 20 teams until midway through the 1960-61 season when it was reduced to just the Top 10.
On Jan. 1, 1952, the Spartans made their first
From 2000 to 2010, MSU appeared in 71.58 percent of polls, but the AP noted that they are on pace to surpass that number this decade.
At the top of the list was Kentucky with North Carolina, Duke,