Louisville Basketball’s History in the AP Poll

Posted on Jan 14 2013 - 9:20am by Ethan Moore

The last (and only) time the Cards were ranked #1 in the AP, they won three games, before losing to Michigan State in the Elite 8 in 2009

With Louisville likely to take the top spot in today’s poll, it would mark just the second time in school history that UofL would be #1.  Additionally, the Cards have never been #1 during the regular season.  Despite that, as you well know, UofL has been a mainstay in the AP Poll through the duration of the program.  Here’s a look inside the numbers:

Times ranked in the AP Poll – 539 (6th all-time)

Times ranked #1 – 2*

Times ranked in the Top 5 – 108

Times ranked in the Top 10 – 246

Polls are fun to watch as the season rolls along, but let’s be real, while it’s cool to be ranked #1, it doesn’t mean a thing unless it’s in April.

*If the Cards are ranked #1 today as expected

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  1. Englishdunked January 14, 2013 at 9:46 am - Reply

    I know it is only worthy in April but lets be real….being ranked #1 during the season has it's advantages as well in recruiting. You get alot of exposure and recruits do watch sportscenter lol! So for however long it lasts it's like free publicity and marketing for your recruiting pitches!

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    • Ethan Moore January 14, 2013 at 10:44 am - Reply

      Absolutely. Plus, if UofL can maintain the top spot, it wouldn't be as news worhty and they would get used to playing with a hug target on their back.

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    • RickJ January 14, 2013 at 11:46 am - Reply

      Agreed, there is no down side to being ranked number one. And, after all these years it is well past due time for it to happen during the regular season.

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