Illinois Listed Sixth in ESPN/Sagarin All-Time College Basketball Rankings
Oct. 5, 2009
Champaign, Ill. - ESPN has published a new book, the College Basketball Encyclopedia, which chronicles the players, coaches and teams throughout the history of the sport. As part of that book, Jeff Sagarin applied his computer ratings formula to produce an all-time rankings list for NCAA Division I teams, dating back to the 1938 season when the first NCAA Championship was held.
Illinois is at No. 6 on the ESPN/Sagarin All-Time College Basketball Rankings. Eight of the Top 15 teams, meanwhile, are from the Big Ten. In addition to the all-time list for all 330 teams, Top 40 rankings were determined by decade. Illinois checked in at No. 3 in the 1940s, No. 2 in the '50s, No. 12 in the '60s, No. 4 in the '80s, No. 29 in the '90s, and No. 6 in the 2000s.
Following is the Top 25 from the ESPN/Sagarin All-Time College Basketball Rankings