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March 29, 2017

PITTSBURGH -- The Associated Press began its college basketball poll in 1949 with Saint Louis claiming the top spot in the inaugural poll. Since that first poll 68 years ago the AP has ranked a total of 200 schools through more than 1,100 polls.

At the conclusion of the 2016-17 season, 59 teams have held down the top spot in the poll including Pitt with three weeks ranked No. 1. The Panthers have been ranked in the top 10 of the AP Poll 117 times.

Now, for the first time, the AP is using that data to go past the Top 25 of the moment to rank the top 100 programs of all-time. To determine that, the AP reviewed the weekly polls and counted appearances (1 point) to mark consistency and No. 1 rankings (2 points) to acknowledge elite programs. The results don't factor in national championships because the AP doesn't release a poll after the NCAA Tournament. Still, the teams at the top are a who's who of college basketball royalty.

Pitt is ranked 35th overall having appeared in 260 total polls, including a string of 61 consecutive weeks from 2002-2005. The Panthers are one of 10 ACC schools listed in the top 50 of the rankings
A full look at the all-time AP Top 100 is available at http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-men/article/2017-03-29/ap-releases-top-100-college-basketball-programs-based-poll.
AP Releases Top 100 College Basketball Programs

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