NEW YORK – For the first time in its history, the Associated Press has released an all-time top 100 ranking of teams based on its weekly polls, and the Duke men’s basketball program checked in at No. 3 on the chart.
The AP developed a formula that awarded a team one point for each time it has appeared in the poll since 1949 and two points for each time it was ranked No. 1. Since making its first appearance in the AP poll on Dec. 10, 1951, Duke has been ranked in 67.6 percent of all AP polls. From 2000-09, the Blue Devils appeared in 99.0 percent of all AP polls.
Duke owns three of the 10-longest consecutive ranking streaks in AP poll history, topping out at No. 2 on the list with a streak of 200 consecutive polls 1996-07. Currently, the program has been ranked in 391 of the last 394 AP polls.
Of the 1,269 games coached by Mike Krzyzewski at Duke, 1,124 of them have been as a ranked team (88.6 percent). Duke has been ranked in the AP poll 581 times in Coach K’s tenure, the most times by any school under one coach.
Duke has been ranked No. 1 on a total of 129 occasions, the most by an ACC team and behind only UCLA (134) in AP poll history. Coach K has led Duke into 223 games as the top-ranked team in the AP poll against just 145 games as an unranked team. Krzyzewski has guided Duke to the No. 1 ranking at least once in an AP-poll record 17 different seasons.
Duke has finished No. 1 in the AP poll a record seven times and finished in the No. 1 spot in an unprecedented four consecutive final AP polls from 1999-02.
Duke has a 2,115-873 (.708) all-time record to rank fourth in NCAA history in both wins and winning percentage. Coach K is 998-271 (.786) in 37 seasons in Durham, accounting for nearly 50 percent of the total victories in program history. He already holds the NCAA record for wins at one school and is poised to become the first head coach to win 1,000 games at an institution.
The Blue Devils have won 30 or more games 14 times under Krzyzewski – an NCAA record for a coach – and have posted at least 20 wins in 21 consecutive seasons and 52 times overall.
Duke has made a total of 41 NCAA Tournament appearances and has posted .750 winning percentage (108-36) that stands as the best in the history of the event. The Blue Devils’ 108 NCAA Tournament wins rank third in tournament history. Coach K owns NCAA Tournament coaching records for appearances (33), games coached (119) and wins (91), while his .765 NCAA Tournament winning percentage ranks second in the event’s history.
Duke has made 16 Final Four appearances and won five NCAA championships, tied for the third-most in NCAA history. All five titles have come under Coach K’s direction, placing second on the list of national championships by coaches.
Duke finished the season with a 28-9 record, making its 22nd consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The Blue Devils made history at the ACC Tournament in Brooklyn, becoming the first team ever to win four games in as many days to capture the crown. Duke has won a record 20 ACC Tournament titles, including 14 under Coach K – the most in league history by a coach.