January 29, 2023

Where did all the top collegiate basketball teams end up in the last top 25 AP polls from 1960-1969? Which programs made it and which just missed out but received votes?

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How do the programs rank according to the final AP rankings for all time, by decade, and by era? Which were the best in the 1960s?

Take all AP finals rankings and use our CFN rating system – AP regular season finals #1 gets 25 points, #2 team gets 24, #3 gets 23 and so on until the end.

At a bazillion miles, this is easily the glitchiest decade of the bunch.

Apparently UCLA was the dominant program of the era, tearing through the NCAA tournament with five national titles in six years — and she’s No. 2 at it.

Why? The AP had only ten teams from 1961-68, and Duke was among most of them that UCLA was not. Also, the final polls were released after the regular seasons, not the NCAA tournament. Incidentally, the Blue Devils didn’t win any national titles in the 1960s.

AP poll, all-time college basketball rankings
Final All-Time College Basketball Rankings | 1950s | 1960s
1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000s | 2010s | 2020s
AP Top 20 1960 | 1961 | 1962 | 1963 | 1964 | 1965
1966 | 1967 | 1968 | 1969
college football The greatest AP programs of all time

NCAA basketball national champion
1960 state of ohio, 1961 cincinnati, 1962 cincinnati, 1963 Loyola Chicago, 1964 UCLA, 1965 UCLA, 1966 Texas West (UTEP), 1967 UCLA, 1968 UCLA, 1969 UCLA

AP Poll: 1960 to 1969 Final All-Time College Basketball Rankings

1 Duke 143

2UCLA 123

3 Cincinnati 117

4 Kentucky 110

5 State of Ohio 92

6 North Carolina 87

7 Davidson75

8Michigan 66

T9 Bradley 63

T9 St. Bonaventure 63

11 Villanova62

12 Loyola-Chicago 61

T13 Kansas 52

T13 Louisville 52

T15 Houston 44

T15 St. Joseph 44

T17 State of Kansas 42

T17 State of Mississippi 42

T17 State of Wichita 42

20 Colorado 41

T21 Utah 39

T21 UTEP 39

T21 Vanderbilt 39

24 Virginia 38

25 Western Kentucky 36

Others receive votes (points): Providence 34, NYU 31, Boston College 27, St. John’s 25, Cal 24, Illinois 24, La Salle 24, Santa Clara 23, Arizona State 22, Princeton 21, New Mexico 20, Oregon State 20, Purdue 20, Columbia 19, Indiana 19, Minnesota 19, USC 19, Bowling Green 18, Iowa 18, Tennessee 18, Utah State 18, BYU 17, DePaul 17, Duquesne 17, Miami 16, Auburn 15, Drake 15, New Mexico State 14, Georgia Tech 13, 13 South Carolina, 12 Marquette, 11 Saint Louis, 10 Holy Cross, 9 Notre Dame, 7 Wake Forest

AP poll, all-time college basketball rankings
Final All-Time College Basketball Rankings | 1950s | 1960s
1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000s | 2010s | 2020s
AP Top 20 1960 | 1961 | 1962 | 1963 | 1964 | 1965
1966 | 1967 | 1968 | 1969
college football The greatest AP programs of all time

NEXT: AP Poll College Basketball Rankings: 1969 Final Top 20

AP Poll College Basketball Rankings: 1969 Final Top 20

NCAA Basketball National Champion: UCLA

1UCLA

2 La Salle

3 Santa Clara

4 North Carolina

5Davidson

6 Purdue

7 Kentucky

8 St John’s

9 Duquesne

10 Villanova

11 Drake

12 State of New Mexico

13South Carolina

14 markette

15Louisville

16 Boston College

17 Notre Dame

18 Colorado

19 Kansas

20 Illinois

AP poll, all-time college basketball rankings
Final All-Time College Basketball Rankings | 1950s | 1960s
1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000s | 2010s | 2020s
AP Top 20 1960 | 1961 | 1962 | 1963 | 1964 | 1965
1966 | 1967 | 1968 | 1969
college football The greatest AP programs of all time

NEXT: AP Poll College Basketball Rankings: 1968 Final Top 10

AP Poll College Basketball Rankings: 1968 Final Top 10

NCAA Basketball National Champion: UCLA

1 Houston

2UCLA

3 St. Bonaventure

4 North Carolina

5 Kentucky

6 New Mexico

7 Colombia

8Davidson

9Louisville

10 duke

AP poll, all-time college basketball rankings
Final All-Time College Basketball Rankings | 1950s | 1960s
1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000s | 2010s | 2020s
AP Top 20 1960 | 1961 | 1962 | 1963 | 1964 | 1965
1966 | 1967 | 1968 | 1969
college football The greatest AP programs of all time

NEXT: AP Poll College Basketball Rankings: 1967 Final Top 10

AP Poll College Basketball Rankings: 1967 Final Top 10

NCAA Basketball National Champion: UCLA

1UCLA

2Louisville

3 Kansas

4 North Carolina

5 Princeton

6 Western Kentucky

7 Houston

8 Tennessee

9 Boston College

10 UTEP

AP poll, all-time college basketball rankings
Final All-Time College Basketball Rankings | 1950s | 1960s
1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000s | 2010s | 2020s
AP Top 20 1960 | 1961 | 1962 | 1963 | 1964 | 1965
1966 | 1967 | 1968 | 1969
college football The greatest AP programs of all time

NEXT: AP Poll College Basketball Rankings: 1966 Final Top 10

AP Poll College Basketball Rankings: 1966 Final Top 10

NCAA Basketball National Champion: Texas West (UTEP)

1 Kentucky

2 duke

3 UTEP (Texas Western)

4 Kansas

5 St Joseph

6 Loyola-Chicago

7 Cincinnati

8Vanderbilt

9Michigan

10 Western Kentucky

AP poll, all-time college basketball rankings
Final All-Time College Basketball Rankings | 1950s | 1960s
1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000s | 2010s | 2020s
AP Top 20 1960 | 1961 | 1962 | 1963 | 1964 | 1965
1966 | 1967 | 1968 | 1969
college football The greatest AP programs of all time

NEXT: AP Poll College Basketball Rankings: 1965 Final Top 10

AP Poll College Basketball Rankings: 1965 Final Top 10

NCAA Basketball National Champion: UCLA

1Michigan

2UCLA

3 St Joseph

4 Providence

5 Vanderbilt

6Davidson

7Minnesota

8 Villanova

9BYU

10 duke

AP poll, all-time college basketball rankings
Final All-Time College Basketball Rankings | 1950s | 1960s
1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000s | 2010s | 2020s
AP Top 20 1960 | 1961 | 1962 | 1963 | 1964 | 1965
1966 | 1967 | 1968 | 1969
college football The greatest AP programs of all time

NEXT: AP Poll College Basketball Rankings: 1964 Final Top 10

AP Poll College Basketball Rankings: 1964 Final Top 10

NCAA Basketball National Champion: UCLA

1UCLA

2Michigan

3 duke

4 Kentucky

5 State of Wichita

6 State of Oregon

7 Villanova

8 Loyola-Chicago

9 Paul

10Davidson

AP poll, all-time college basketball rankings
Final All-Time College Basketball Rankings | 1950s | 1960s
1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000s | 2010s | 2020s
AP Top 20 1960 | 1961 | 1962 | 1963 | 1964 | 1965
1966 | 1967 | 1968 | 1969
college football The greatest AP programs of all time

NEXT: AP Poll College Basketball Rankings: 1963 Final Top 10

AP Poll College Basketball Rankings: 1963 Final Top 10

NCAA Basketball National Champion: Loyola-Chicago

1 Cincinnati

2 duke

3 Loyola-Chicago

4 State of Arizona

5 State of Wichita

6 State of Mississippi

7 State of Ohio

8 Illinois

9 New York

10 Colorado

AP poll, all-time college basketball rankings
Final All-Time College Basketball Rankings | 1950s | 1960s
1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000s | 2010s | 2020s
AP Top 20 1960 | 1961 | 1962 | 1963 | 1964 | 1965
1966 | 1967 | 1968 | 1969
college football The greatest AP programs of all time

NEXT: AP Poll College Basketball Rankings: 1962 Final Top 10

AP Poll College Basketball Rankings: 1962 Final Top 10

NCAA Basketball National Champion: cincinnati

1 State of Ohio

2 Cincinnati

3 Kentucky

4 State of Mississippi

5Bradley

6 State of Kansas

7 Utah

8 bowling greens

9 Colorado

10 duke

AP poll, all-time college basketball rankings
Final All-Time College Basketball Rankings | 1950s | 1960s
1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000s | 2010s | 2020s
AP Top 20 1960 | 1961 | 1962 | 1963 | 1964 | 1965
1966 | 1967 | 1968 | 1969
college football The greatest AP programs of all time

NEXT: AP Poll College Basketball Rankings: 1961 Final Top 10

AP Poll College Basketball Rankings: 1961 Final Top 10

NCAA Basketball National Champion: cincinnati

1 State of Ohio

2 Cincinnati

3 St. Bonaventure

4 State of Kansas

5 North Carolina

6Bradley

7 U.S.C

8iowa

9 West Virginia

10 duke

AP poll, all-time college basketball rankings
Final All-Time College Basketball Rankings | 1950s | 1960s
1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000s | 2010s | 2020s
AP Top 20 1960 | 1961 | 1962 | 1963 | 1964 | 1965
1966 | 1967 | 1968 | 1969
college football The greatest AP programs of all time

NEXT: AP Poll College Basketball Rankings: 1960 Final Top 20

AP Poll College Basketball Rankings: 1960 Final Top 20

NCAA Basketball National Champion: State of Ohio

1 Cincinnati

2 cal

3 State of Ohio

4Bradley

5 West Virginia

6 Utah

7 Indiana

8 State of Utah

9 St. Bonaventure

10Miami

11 maroon

12 New York

13 Georgia Tech

14 Providence

15 Saint-Louis

16 Holy Cross

17 Villanova

18 duke

T19 Wachwald

T19 St John’s

AP poll, all-time college basketball rankings
Final All-Time College Basketball Rankings | 1950s | 1960s
1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000s | 2010s | 2020s
AP Top 20 1960 | 1961 | 1962 | 1963 | 1964 | 1965
1966 | 1967 | 1968 | 1969
college football The greatest AP programs of all time

The story originally appeared in College Football News

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