1953-54 NCAA Men's Basketball AP Poll

Name the teams that cracked the AP Top 20 during the 1953-54 men's college basketball season
The final poll was taken on March 16, prior to the 1954 NCAA tournament
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Preseason
1
Indiana
0
0
Big Ten
2
Kentucky
0
0
SEC
3
Duquesne
0
0
Independent
4
Oklahoma A&M
0
0
Missouri Valley
5
Kansas
0
0
Big Seven
6
La Salle
0
0
Independent
7
NC State
0
0
ACC
8
Kansas State
0
0
Big Seven
9
Illinois
0
0
Big Ten
10
LSU
0
0
SEC
11
Western Kentucky
0
0
Ohio Valley
12
Minnesota
0
0
Big Ten
13
Oregon State
0
0
Pacific Coast
14
Wyoming
0
0
Mountain States
15
Dayton
0
0
Independent
16
Santa Clara
0
0
California BB Assoc.
17
California
0
0
Pacific Coast
18
Saint Louis
0
0
Missouri Valley
19
Holy Cross
0
0
Independent
Oklahoma City
0
0
Independent
 
 
 
 
 
Week 1 (12/15)
1
Indiana
3
0
Big Ten
2
Kentucky
2
0
SEC
3
Duquesne
4
0
Independent
4
Illinois
4
0
Big Ten
5
LSU
3
0
SEC
6
Minnesota
3
0
Big Ten
7
Oklahoma A&M
4
1
Missouri Valley
8
NC State
3
1
ACC
9
Fordham
4
0
Metropolitan New York
10
Western Kentucky
6
0
Ohio Valley
11
Oregon State
6
1
Pacific Coast
12
Oklahoma City
4
0
Independent
13
Duke
3
1
ACC
14
Holy Cross
2
0
Independent
15
California
3
1
Pacific Coast
16
Notre Dame
3
1
Independent
17
UCLA
3
0
Pacific Coast
18
Niagara
4
1
Little Three
19
Siena
3
1
Independent
20
La Salle
3
1
Independent
 
 
 
 
 
Week 2 (12/22)
1
Indiana
6
0
Big Ten
2
Kentucky
5
0
SEC
3
Duquesne
7
0
Independent
4
Illinois
5
1
Big Ten
5
Oklahoma A&M
8
1
Missouri Valley
6
Western Kentucky
9
0
Ohio Valley
7
Fordham
6
0
Metropolitan New York
8
Minnesota
5
0
Big Ten
9
NC State
6
1
ACC
10
Holy Cross
3
0
Independent
11
Rice
6
0
Southwest
12
Oregon State
6
1
Pacific Coast
13
UCLA
6
1
Pacific Coast
14
LSU
4
1
SEC
15
Oklahoma City
5
0
Independent
16
Dayton
6
1
Independent
La Salle
6
1
Independent
18
Wisconsin
5
1
Big Ten
19
Notre Dame
4
1
Independent
20
Idaho
5
0
Pacific Coast
Vanderbilt
5
0
SEC
 
 
 
 
 
Week 3 (12/29)
1
Kentucky
6
0
SEC
2
Duquesne
8
0
Independent
3
Indiana
6
1
Big Ten
4
Oregon State
6
1
Pacific Coast
5
Oklahoma A&M
9
1
Missouri Valley
6
Minnesota
7
0
Big Ten
7
Western Kentucky
9
0
Ohio Valley
8
Illinois
5
1
Big Ten
9
NC State
7
1
ACC
10
Fordham
6
0
Metropolitan New York
11
Oklahoma City
6
0
Independent
12
Holy Cross
5
0
Independent
13
La Salle
7
2
Independent
14
UCLA
8
1
Pacific Coast
15
Seattle
8
1
Independent
16
Rice
7
0
Southwest
17
Idaho
5
0
Pacific Coast
18
LSU
5
1
SEC
19
BYU
8
0
Mountain States
20
Vanderbilt
5
1
SEC
Wyoming
6
1
Mountain States
 
 
 
 
 
Week 4 (1/5)
1
Kentucky
7
0
SEC
2
Duquesne
11
0
Independent
3
Indiana
7
1
Big Ten
4
Oklahoma A&M
12
1
Missouri Valley
5
Western Kentucky
12
0
Ohio Valley
6
Minnesota
8
1
Big Ten
7
Holy Cross
8
0
Independent
8
Duke
9
3
ACC
9
Oklahoma City
8
1
Independent
10
Oregon State
7
3
Pacific Coast
11
Rice
10
0
Southwest
12
George Washington
6
0
SoCon
Niagara
8
2
Little Three
14
Dayton
9
2
Independent
15
Illinois
6
2
Big Ten
16
Kansas
4
2
Big Seven
17
Seattle
9
1
Independent
18
Navy
7
2
Independent
19
Vanderbilt
7
1
SEC
20
NC State
9
3
ACC
 
 
 
 
 
Week 5 (1/12)
1
Kentucky
9
0
SEC
2
Duquesne
13
0
Independent
3
Indiana
9
1
Big Ten
4
Oklahoma A&M
13
1
Missouri Valley
5
Western Kentucky
14
0
Ohio Valley
6
Holy Cross
10
0
Independent
7
George Washington
10
0
SoCon
8
Oklahoma City
9
1
Independent
9
Duke
12
3
ACC
10
Minnesota
8
2
Big Ten
11
Kansas
6
2
Big Seven
12
Wichita
14
1
Missouri Valley
13
Niagara
12
1
Little Three
14
Seattle
11
1
Independent
15
Rice
10
2
Southwest
16
LSU
10
2
SEC
17
Dayton
11
2
Independent
18
Colorado State
11
1
Mountain States
19
Illinois
8
3
Big Ten
20
Idaho
8
3
Pacific Coast
 
 
 
 
 
Week 6 (1/19)
1
Kentucky
11
0
SEC
2
Duquesne
15
0
Independent
3
Indiana
12
1
Big Ten
4
Western Kentucky
16
0
Ohio Valley
5
Oklahoma A&M
15
1
Missouri Valley
6
Notre Dame
9
2
Independent
7
Oklahoma City
11
1
Independent
8
Holy Cross
12
1
Independent
9
Minnesota
9
2
Big Ten
10
George Washington
11
1
SoCon
11
Wichita
15
1
Missouri Valley
12
LSU
11
2
SEC
13
Duke
12
4
ACC
14
Maryland
13
4
ACC
15
California
14
2
Pacific Coast
16
Seattle
14
1
Independent
17
Kansas
8
3
Big Seven
18
Niagara
10
3
Little Three
19
La Salle
14
3
Independent
20
Illinois
9
4
Big Ten
 
 
 
 
 
Week 7 (1/26)
1
Kentucky
12
0
SEC
2
Duquesne
15
0
Independent
3
Indiana
12
1
Big Ten
4
Oklahoma A&M
16
1
Missouri Valley
5
Western Kentucky
18
0
Ohio Valley
6
Notre Dame
10
2
Independent
7
Holy Cross
13
1
Independent
8
Minnesota
10
2
Big Ten
9
Oklahoma City
11
2
Independent
10
George Washington
12
1
SoCon
11
Seattle
16
1
Independent
12
La Salle
15
3
Independent
13
Maryland
13
4
ACC
14
California
14
2
Pacific Coast
15
LSU
11
2
SEC
16
Kansas
8
3
Big Seven
16
Wichita
16
2
Missouri Valley
18
UConn
14
0
Yankee
19
Dayton
14
4
Independent
20
Duke
12
4
ACC
Week 8 (2/2)
1
Kentucky
13
0
SEC
2
Duquesne
17
0
Independent
3
Indiana
12
1
Big Ten
4
Western Kentucky
19
0
Ohio Valley
5
Oklahoma A&M
17
1
Missouri Valley
6
Seattle
20
1
Independent
7
Notre Dame
10
2
Independent
8
Duke
13
4
ACC
9
La Salle
15
3
Independent
10
Holy Cross
14
1
Independent
11
George Washington
12
1
SoCon
12
Minnesota
12
2
Big Ten
13
Maryland
15
4
ACC
14
Wichita
19
2
Missouri Valley
15
California
16
2
Pacific Coast
16
Oklahoma City
11
4
Independent
17
LSU
13
2
SEC
18
Bradley
11
5
Independent
19
Kansas
8
3
Big Seven
20
Louisville
14
5
Independent
 
 
 
 
 
Week 9 (2/9)
1
Kentucky
16
0
SEC
2
Duquesne
18
0
Independent
3
Indiana
14
1
Big Ten
4
Oklahoma A&M
18
1
Missouri Valley
5
Western Kentucky
21
1
Ohio Valley
6
Notre Dame
12
2
Independent
7
La Salle
17
3
Independent
8
Seattle
23
1
Independent
9
Holy Cross
16
1
Independent
10
George Washington
13
1
SoCon
11
Maryland
17
4
ACC
12
Minnesota
13
2
Big Ten
13
Oklahoma City
12
4
Independent
14
California
16
2
Pacific Coast
15
Duke
14
5
ACC
16
Navy
14
4
Independent
17
LSU
14
2
SEC
18
Wichita
20
3
Missouri Valley
19
NC State
15
5
ACC
20
Kansas
9
4
Big Seven
 
 
 
 
 
Week 10 (2/16)
1
Duquesne
19
0
Independent
2
Kentucky
18
0
SEC
3
Indiana
15
2
Big Ten
4
Western Kentucky
23
1
Ohio Valley
5
Oklahoma A&M
20
2
Missouri Valley
6
Notre Dame
13
2
Independent
7
Seattle
24
1
Independent
8
George Washington
16
1
SoCon
9
Holy Cross
17
1
Independent
10
Iowa
14
3
Big Ten
11
Maryland
20
4
ACC
12
La Salle
18
4
Independent
13
LSU
15
2
SEC
14
Duke
16
5
ACC
15
Wichita
22
3
Missouri Valley
16
Oklahoma City
13
5
Independent
17
Dayton
20
5
Independent
18
Minnesota
14
4
Big Ten
19
Colorado State
17
4
Mountain States
20
Navy
15
5
Independent
 
 
 
 
 
Week 11 (2/23)
1
Duquesne
21
0
Independent
2
Kentucky
21
0
SEC
3
Indiana
17
2
Big Ten
4
Western Kentucky
25
1
Ohio Valley
5
Oklahoma A&M
21
2
Missouri Valley
6
Notre Dame
16
2
Independent
7
Holy Cross
20
1
Independent
8
George Washington
18
1
SoCon
9
Seattle
24
1
Independent
10
Duke
19
5
ACC
11
Maryland
21
5
ACC
12
LSU
17
2
SEC
13
La Salle
20
4
Independent
14
Wichita
23
3
Missouri Valley
15
Oklahoma City
14
5
Independent
16
Dayton
22
5
Independent
17
Kansas
13
4
Big Seven
18
Colorado State
20
4
Mountain States
19
UCLA
18
5
Pacific Coast
20
Illinois
16
4
Big Ten
Iowa
16
5
Big Ten
 
 
 
 
 
Week 12 (3/2)
1
Kentucky
23
0
SEC
2
Indiana
18
3
Big Ten
3
Western Kentucky
28
1
Ohio Valley
4
Duquesne
22
2
Independent
5
Notre Dame
19
2
Independent
6
Oklahoma A&M
21
4
Missouri Valley
7
LSU
19
2
SEC
8
La Salle
21
4
Independent
9
George Washington
20
2
SoCon
10
Seattle
26
1
Independent
11
Duke
21
5
ACC
12
Wichita
25
3
Missouri Valley
13
Holy Cross
22
2
Independent
14
Dayton
24
6
Independent
15
Kansas
15
4
Big Seven
16
Iowa
16
5
Big Ten
17
Maryland
22
6
ACC
18
NC State
19
6
ACC
19
UConn
21
2
Yankee
20
Louisville
21
6
Independent
 
 
 
 
 
Week 13 (3/9)
1
Kentucky
24
0
SEC
2
Indiana
19
3
Big Ten
3
Duquesne
24
2
Independent
4
Western Kentucky
28
1
Ohio Valley
5
Oklahoma A&M
23
4
Missouri Valley
6
Notre Dame
20
2
Independent
7
George Washington
23
2
SoCon
8
LSU
20
2
SEC
9
Holy Cross
23
2
Independent
10
NC State
24
6
ACC
11
Seattle
26
1
Independent
12
La Salle
21
4
Independent
13
Kansas
16
4
Big Seven
14
Maryland
23
7
ACC
15
Dayton
25
6
Independent
16
Iowa
17
5
Big Ten
17
Oregon State
18
10
Pacific Coast
18
Duke
22
6
ACC
19
Colorado State
22
5
Mountain States
20
Wichita
27
4
Missouri Valley
 
 
 
 
 
Final Poll
1
Kentucky
25
0
SEC
2
La Salle
26
4
Independent
3
Holy Cross
26
2
Independent
4
Indiana
20
4
Big Ten
5
Duquesne
26
3
Independent
6
Notre Dame
22
3
Independent
7
Bradley
19
13
Independent
8
Western Kentucky
29
3
Ohio Valley
9
Penn State
18
6
Independent
10
Oklahoma A&M
24
5
Missouri Valley
11
USC
20
11
Pacific Coast
12
George Washington
23
3
SoCon
13
Iowa
17
5
Big Ten
14
LSU
20
5
SEC
15
Duke
22
6
ACC
16
Niagara
24
6
Little Three
17
Seattle
26
2
Independent
18
Kansas
16
5
Big Seven
19
Illinois
17
5
Big Ten
20
Maryland
28
7
ACC
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