Kansas State Basketball: Strong Showing in All-Time AP Poll

Kansas State has a rich basketball history. That was confirmed this week when the ‘Cats received some nice attention in a recent all-time basketball poll.

Bruce Weber’s Wildcats kept basketball season alive later in March than in previous seasons.

The win over Wake Forest in this year’s NCAA tournament First-Four was great for this team and Wildcat fans everywhere.

On the other hand, most young fans don’t have an appreciation for the successful history of Kansas State Basketball.

Yes, three former Kansas State coaches earned a trip the Final-Four in the past two years. Lon Kruger at Oklahoma last season and Dana Altman and Frank Martin this year.

Furthermore, most fans probably take for granted the rich history of basketball at Kansas State. Far beyond the days of the Octagon of Doom at Bramlage Coliseum.

In conjunction with this weekend’s Final Four, the Associated Press compiled a list of the All-Time Top 100 College Basketball teams.

Mar 14, 2017; Dayton, OH, USA; Kansas State Wildcats cheerleaders are seen in the second half against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in the first four of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Dayton Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The wire service started ranking teams 68 years ago. During that time, the poll has included over 200 teams.

To arrive at this list of all-time Top 100, they assigned a point for each poll appearance.

For example, Kansas State received a vote in this season’s December 12 and December 19th polls. However, they weren’t officially in the top 25 – so no point earned for this all-time list.

When I first saw this special list, I immediately thought of the great UCLA teams of the 70s and some of the other so called “Blue Blood” programs.

You might be surprised where the Kansas State is listed. Only two Big 12 teams are included in the top 25 all time. As a matter of fact, the ‘Cats aren’t very far down the list.

The top team Kentucky scored 1,111 points. Kansas State earned 224 total points and is 44th on the list.