The 1954 NIT Champions were ranked No. 3 in the final AP poll.
The 1954 NIT Champions were ranked No. 3 in the final AP poll.

Holy Cross Ranked Among The Top 100 Men's Basketball Programs Of All-Time

Holy Cross Athletics   03-29-2017

WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross has been ranked as one of the top 100 men’s basketball programs of all-time by the Associated Press. The Crusaders check in at No. 81 on the list of the best programs of all-time, and are one of only five schools from New England to be ranked along with No. 16 Connecticut, No. 57 Providence, No. 68 Massachusetts and No. 74 Boston College. The only other school from either the Patriot League or the Ivy League to earn a spot in the rankings was Pennsylvania at No. 85.

The Crusaders just completed their 97th season of intercollegiate competition and own an overall record of 1,390-969, while making 26 postseason tournament appearances — 13 trips to the NCAA Tournament, 12 to the National Invitation Tournament and one to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. In the history of collegiate basketball, Holy Cross is one of only 16 schools to have won the NCAA Tournament (1946-1947) as well as the National Invitational Tournament (1953-1954). Throughout its history, Holy Cross has had six first team All-America selections, sent 10 players to the National Basketball Association, had four players and coaches inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and had 23 players drafted by professional teams.

To determine the all-time rankings, the Associated Press formula counted poll appearances (one point) to mark consistency and No. 1 rankings (two points) to acknowledge elite programs. Holy Cross finished with a total of 89 points. The AP has been ranking the best teams in college basketball since 1949. Over 68 years and more than 1,100 polls, 200 schools have been ranked and 59 of them have been ranked No. 1. To view the complete rankings, click here.



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