January 23, 2008

Baylor Ends 39-Year Absence from AP Poll: Baylor's mens basketball team has cracked the AP top 25 for the first time since Feb. 11, 1969, starting 15-2 only five years after the disastrous and criminal Dave Bliss era. The long AP drought sent me fishing for historic data on other NCAA teams that have gone unranked for decades. I couldn't find it for hoops, but the AP Poll Archive has the numbers for football. My alma mater has been absent from the last 739 AP football polls, a 48-year cold streak.

posted by rcade to basketball at 10:25 AM - 6 comments

Wow, rcade ... I had no idea you attended Nebraska.

posted by wfrazerjr at 10:30 AM on January 23, 2008

I heard about this yesterday on our sports channel here in Houston. Congrats Baylor . It's about time.

posted by texasred at 11:16 AM on January 23, 2008

Nice work, Baylor. I love the fact that that AP Poll Archive goes all the way to four teams who were ranked up until the second-to-last poll last season.

posted by bender at 11:47 AM on January 23, 2008

Ah, good old poll number 678. My Cavaliers were number 1 and subsequently lost on a last second field goal to Georgia Tech who went on to share the Championship with someone else (Maybe Washington but it's all a little fuzzy). Go Wahoos.

posted by Ricardo at 02:17 PM on January 23, 2008

Poor Louisiana-Lafayette. On the bright side they're coming closer and closer to the big four digits.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:00 PM on January 23, 2008

It's starting off as a pretty fun year for the Bears. When I was in Waco, my fun with the basketball program peaked my freshman year when Brian Skinner led them to the post-season NIT. Needless to say, things got quite a bit worse. Baylor should no doubt get a bit of a boost after tonight's Quintiple Overtime win at #18 A&M. To say that I never really imagined Baylor sniffing at March madness would be fair. To say I'd never imagine it so soon after the program went through such a dark and difficult ordeal would be a gross understatement. I just hope Coach Drew doesn't get poached by a bigger program after this season. He's done a hell of a job.

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:49 AM on January 24, 2008

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