There’s been a lot of debate this past week about Oklahoma State’s basketball program. Just how good of a job is it? Are we a top 25 program?
While I’m not sure I can answer that question in regards to where the program stands right now, I do have an answer for all-time.
Well, the Associated Press does anyway.
The AP released their list of the Top 100 college basketball teams of all time, and Oklahoma State came in at No. 34.
Here’s how the AP came up with the rankings.
To determine the all-time Top 100, the AP formula counted poll appearances (one point each) to mark consistency and No. 1 rankings (two points each) to acknowledge elite programs. Keep in mind that AP doesn’t release a poll after the NCAA Tournament, so eventual national champions are not factored into these rankings. Instead, this lists focuses more on those programs that consistently appear in the poll and/or at the top during the regular seasons.
The top five aren’t all that surprising with Kentucky at No. 1 followed by North Carolina, Duke, UCLA, and Kansas.
At No. 34, the Cowboys were in between Wake Forest (33) and Pittsburgh (35). I was a little shocked to see OSU behind Wake Forest, a team with zero national titles, one Final Four appearance (1962), and only six NCAA tournament wins since 2000.
However, considering the poll is based on Associated Press rankings and not as surprising. Wake Forest was pretty good during the 90s.
Besides Kansas, the only other Big 12 team to finish above OSU was Oklahoma at No. 20. The next closest was Texas two spots down at No. 36.
Check out the full poll HERE and share your thoughts in the comments section below.