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January 16, 1956 AP Men's Basketball Poll

Rank Team (FPV) Conference Record Points
1 < 1 San Francisco (87) 1257
2 < 2 Dayton (13) 1110
3 < 3 NC State (9) ACC 829
4 < 5 Kentucky (9) SEC 615
5 < 4 Vanderbilt (6) SEC 526
6 < 8 Illinois (1) Big Ten 458
7 < 6 Duke (1) ACC 438
8 < 10 Temple (1) 386
9 < 9 North Carolina ACC 296
10 < 13 Louisville (1) 203
11 < 7 Ohio State Big Ten 176
12 < 11 Holy Cross (1) 170
13 < 19 Alabama SEC 147
14 < 16 Oklahoma City 68
15 < 17 Memphis 67
16 < 20 Utah 61
17 < NR Saint Louis 51
18 < NR UCLA 50
19 < NR SMU Southwest 49
20 < NR Iowa Big Ten 42
20 < 20 Oklahoma State Missouri Valley 42

Notes

  • First-place votes, W-L records, and total points are not available prior to 2001-02. If you have some of this data from a verifiable source, please contact me.
  • Regular-season polls from 1949-60 had 20 teams, from 1961-68 had 10 teams (except in December 1960 and the 1964-65 preseason polls), and 1990-present had 25 teams.
  • Preseason polls started in the 1961-62 season, and there were post-tournament polls in 1953, 1954, 1974, and 1975.
  • All poll dates fall on Mondays with a few exceptions. See explanation here.

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