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03/29 11:21 CDT John Wooden's UCLA set standard for being No. 1 in AP poll John Wooden's UCLA set standard for being No. 1 in AP poll By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Sports Writer The programs that bleed blue have dominated when it comes to being No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll --- though the shades of the color have varied. UCLA has been the most frequent No. 1 in the AP ranking with 134 appearances at the top. That's mostly thanks to coach John Wooden's unmatched dynasty on the 1960s and '70s. Next come Duke (129), Kentucky (124), North Carolina (110) and Kansas (65). The Associated Press has been ranking the best teams in college basketball since January 1949. Over 68 years and more than 1,100 polls, a total of 59 schools have been ranked No. 1, starting with Saint Louis. The Billikens wear blue. Maybe it was a sign of things to come. Wooden had been coaching at UCLA for 15 years, successful but without winning a national title. That changed in the 1963-64, when the Bruins went 30-0 and won the NCAA Tournament. It was the first of 10 championships in a 12-year span for UCLA. ___ Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: http://collegebasketball.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25
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