#2 TEXAS (6-0) vs. Texas-Arlington (4-3)
Saturday, December 3, 2005
5 p.m. Central · Frank Erwin Center (16,775) · Austin, Texas
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
TELEVISION: The game will be televised in the state of Texas only on Fox Sports Southwest. Kevin Eschenfelder (pxp) and Reid Gettys (color) will call the action.
RADIO: The Longhorn Sports Network and KVET (FM 98.1/1300 AM Sportsradio The Zone) broadcast every UT game on the statewide network. Chad Hastings (pxp) and Eddie Oran (color) will call the action. Check www.TexasSports.com for a listing of affiliates carrying the game.
INTERNET VIDEO: Available after the game through TexasSports.TV
SERIES: Texas leads, 4-0. Last meeting: Texas 85-70 (Dec. 15, 2004; Austin)
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Fast Start Texas improved to 6-0 with its 28-point home victory on Tuesday against Texas-Pan American. The 6-0 record marks the best start by a Texas team since the 1981-82 season, when the Longhorns won 14 straight games to start the year.
Series vs. Texas-Arlington
Tuesday's contest marks just the fifth meeting between Texas and UT-Arlington but the fourth matchup in as many years. All four previous meetings came in Austin. Texas holds a 4-0 lead in the all-time series entering Tuesday's game. In the first meeting, UT recorded a 116-66 victory on Nov. 28, 1989. Texas then registered a 76-45 win against the Mavericks on Nov. 27, 2002, before posting a 99-79 victory on Jan. 2, 2004. The Horns recorded an 85-70 win last season (Dec. 15, 2004).
The Last Time vs. UT-Arlington
Dec. 15, 2004; Texas 85, UT-Arlington 70: P.J. Tucker recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 boards to lead the Horns to a 15-point win at the Erwin Center. The Texas defense proved to be a key to the victory, as UT-Arlington converted only 38.3% from the floor, including a 4-of-20 mark from three-point range, and committed 21 turnovers. A Steven Thomas layup gave the Mavericks a 2-0 lead just 13 seconds into the contest, but UT answered with a three-pointer from Brad Buckman on its next possession and never trailed again. Leading 13-11 at the 13:14 mark, the Longhorns used a 16-6 spurt over the next five minutes to increase their advantage to 12 points (29-17) with 8:38 left. After another Thomas layup cut the lead to 10 at the 7:44 mark, Texas responded with eight consecutive points to build an 18-point margin (37-19) with 5:14 remaining. UT continued to increase the lead through the remainder of the first half, as Jason Klotz's 18-foot jumper at the buzzer gave the Horns a 52-29 advantage going into halftime. UT grabbed its largest lead of the game (58-33) on a Daniel Gibson layup at the 17:54 mark. Texas hit just 36.7% of its field goals in the final 20 minutes, including just 1-of-8 from three-point range. Led by the play of Jarrett Howell (24 points), the Mavericks trimmed the deficit to 13 (65-52) by the 8:02 mark. Texas put a halt to the UTA spurt by scoring five consecutive points. The Horns built the margin back to 22 points (81-59) with 3:07 left, before the Mavericks made a final run to close the gap to 15 points by the final buzzer. Tucker was joined in double-figure scoring by LaMarcus Aldridge (14), Klotz (14, including 10 in the first half) and Buckman (13). In addition to Howell¹s fine showing, the Mavericks were also led by Thomas (12 points, nine boards) and Jermaine Griffin (10).
Horns vs. Southland Conference
Saturday's game marks the second of three home contests for the Longhorns against Southland Conference opponents this season. Texas topped Louisiana-Monroe (90-55) last Saturday and also is slated to face Texas State (Dec. 22). UT has an all-time record of 70-7 (.909) against current members of the Southland Conference entering Saturday¹s game (4-0 vs. Lamar, 5-0 vs. Louisiana-Monroe, 2-0 vs. McNeese State, 11-2 vs. Sam Houston State, 5-0 vs. Stephen F. Austin, 4-0 vs. UT-Arlington, 5-0 vs. UT-San Antonio and 34-5 vs. Texas State).
Success Against the Southland Under Barnes Since Rick Barnes came to Austin, the Horns have been dominant when it comes to facing Southland Conference competition. Entering Saturday's contest, Texas has a perfect 12-0 mark against current members of the Southland Conference during the Barnes era.
Lone Star State Dominance
Since Rick Barnes arrived in Austin, the Longhorns have emerged as the dominant college basketball program in the state of Texas. The Horns have posted a 56-5 (.918) record against in-state foes during the Barnes era, including marks of 15-0 against Baylor, 12-2 against Texas A&M and 13-2 against Texas Tech.
A Check of the Polls
Texas is ranked No. 2 in the latest AP poll (Nov. 28) and No. 2 in the latest ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll (Nov. 28). This marks a tie for the highest ranking in both polls in school history (also No. 2 in both polls on Dec. 2, 2002). UT was No. 2 in the AP preseason poll and No. 3 in the preseason coaches poll. Both preseason rankings marked the highest preseason rankings in school history (previous: No. 4 in AP in 2002-03; No. 5 in coaches' in 2002-03). During the Barnes era, the Horns have spent 84 weeks in the AP Top 25, including 29 in the Top 10.
Success Against the Top 25
During his eight seasons in Austin, Rick Barnes has registered a school-record 31 career victories against AP Top 25 opponents (previous mark: 10 by Tom Penders, 1989-98). Following back-to-back wins against No. 13 West Virginia and No. 18 earlier this season, Barnes has now guided the Horns to a 31-35 (.470) record against ranked teams. Dating back to last year's upset of No. 8 Oklahoma State in Stillwater, UT has won its last three games against ranked opponents. In his 19 years of coaching, Barnes has posted 60 victories against AP Top 25 opponents.
UT-Pan American Game Notes
· UT improved to 48-3 in its last 51 home games.
· Texas posted its 32nd straight non-conference home victory.
· The Longhorns registered a 48-33 advantage on the boards. This marked the fourth time in the first six games that the Horns have posted at least a +10 rebound margin.
· Three Horns tallied double-doubles during the win (LaMarcus Aldridge, P.J. Tucker and Mike Williams). This marked the first time since Nov. 24, 2003 (vs. Sam Houston State) that three UT players recorded double-doubles in the same game (Brad Buckman, Edgar Moreno and P.J. Tucker).
· LaMarcus Aldridge recorded his sixth consecutive double-double. This marks the sixth-longest streak of consecutive double-doubles in UT history. He set career highs in points (23) and field goals made (10-of-15). Aldridge also has led or tied for the team lead in rebounds in each of the first six contests.
· P.J. Tucker registered his first double-double of the year and 13th career double-double. It marked his first double-double since a 25-point, 10-rebound effort against UNLV on Jan. 2, 2005.
· Mike Williams posted his second career double-double (also had 13 points and 10 boards vs. Centenary on Dec. 22, 2004). He tied his career high in rebounds.
· Daniel Gibson recorded a season-high five steals. This was one shy of his career high (6 vs. Iowa State on Feb. 5, 2005).
Horns at Home Texas is in its 29th year of play in the Frank Erwin Center. The Longhorns have posted an all-time record of 319-86 (.788) in the building. Since Rick Barnes arrived in Austin, UT has recorded a 94-15 (.862) mark at the Erwin Center, including a 46-10 (.821) record in Big 12 Conference home games. Texas is 16-8 (.667) under Barnes vs. AP Top 25 teams at the Erwin Center. The Horns have won 48 of their last 51 home games entering Saturday's contest.
Home Success, Part Two
Entering Saturday's contest, Texas has won 32 consecutive non-conference home games. The streak dates back to 88-74 loss to Arizona on Nov. 17, 2001.
Success in the Big 12 Under Barnes
Since Rick Barnes took over the Texas program, the Horns have shot to the top of the Big 12 Conference. Texas has posted an 82-30 (.732) mark in league games over the last seven years, the second-best record in the league during this span. After winning the Big 12 Conference regular season title in his first season at UT with a 13-3 mark, Barnes guided the Horns to a 13-3 conference record (2nd place) in 1999-2000, a 12-4 mark (tie for 2nd place) in 2000-01, a 10-6 record (tie for 3rd place) in 2001-02, a 13-3 mark (2nd place) in 2002-03, a 12-4 record (tie for 2nd place) in 2003-04 and a 9-7 mark (tie for 5th place) last year.
Horns Top Preseason Big 12 Poll
Texas is picked to win the Big 12 Conference in a preseason vote of the league coaches, the conference office announced on Oct. 12. The Horns received 10 of 12 possible first-place votes and amassed 120 total points. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams. This marks the first time in the 10-year history of the Big 12 that UT has been tabbed the preseason favorite to win the league title.
In Elite Company
Texas is one of just 12 schools to have advanced to each of the last seven NCAA Tournaments (1999-2005). Joining the Longhorns in this elite group are: Arizona, Cincinnati, Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Stanford and Wisconsin.
Seven and Counting
With their bid to the 2005 NCAA Tournament, the Longhorns accomplished something never before done in school history < earning their seventh straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Prior to the Rick Barnes era, UT¹s previous mark for consecutive NCAA Tournament bids was four (set twice).
Looking for 20... Again
The Horns enter the 2005-06 campaign with a streak of six consecutive 20-win seasons to their credit, a school record. Prior to the current streak, the previous school mark for most consecutive 20-win seasons was four (1988-89 to 1991-92).
Solid defense continues to be a Texas trademark under coach Rick Barnes. The Horns have limited their first six opponents to 55.3 points per contest and a 36.5 FG percentage mark. In the 77-33 win against Samford on Nov. 16, UT held the Bulldogs to 26.0% FG shooting, tied for the fifth-lowest single-game FG percentage allowed by Texas since 1960-61. The 33 points allowed marked the fewest allowed by UT since March 13, 1951 (33-32 loss to Texas A&M). The 13 first-half points allowed marked the second-fewest allowed in a first half by the Horns since 1949-50. Texas also held Iowa to just 33.8% FG shooting during the Guardians Classic championship game win on Nov. 22. Since Barnes arrived in Austin, the Horns have held 113 of their 236 opponents to under 40% FG shooting. Texas sports a 100-13 (.885) mark in the Barnes era when accomplishing the feat.
The Longhorns have recorded 39 blocks during their first six games this season (6.5 bpg). In contrast, UT has only had six shots blocked. LaMarcus Aldridge leads the way with 15 rejections. UT had 12 blocked shots during the Nov. 15 win against Southern. That was just one block shy of tying the school's single-game record for most blocks (13 vs. UT-San Antonio on Dec. 29, 2004; 13 vs. California on Nov. 15, 2000).
Cleaning the Glass
Texas appears to have another solid rebounding club this season. UT has outrebounded five of its first six opponents and sports a +14.8 rebound margin (44.2-29.3) on the year. Texas has posted at least a +10 rebound margin in four of its six contests (54-15 vs. Samford, 41-22 vs. West Virginia, 41-28 vs. Louisiana-Monroe, 48-33 vs. Texas-Pan American). The Longhorns set a single-game school record for highest rebound margin (stat kept since 1961-62) with a +39 (54-15) performance in the Nov. 16 win against Samford. That broke the previous mark of +33 (70-37 at Oral Roberts on Dec. 1, 1992). In 2002-03, the Horns tied for sixth nationally in rebound margin (+6.9). Texas also led the Big 12 and ranked 11th nationally in rebound margin in 2003-04 (+6.8).
Free Throw Disparity
The Longhorns have done an excellent job of getting to the free throw line and not allowing their opponents to do the same early this season. Texas has made more free throws (85) than its opponents have attempted (67) through the first five contests. UT has converted 85-of-123 (.691) from the stripe, while its opponents have made 42-of-67 (.627).
Gibson, Tucker Named to Wooden Preseason List Daniel Gibson and P.J. Tucker are among the top 50 preseason candidates for the 2005-06 John R. Wooden All-American Team. Texas is one of seven teams to have a pair of preseason candidates, joining Boston College, Connecticut, Duke, Michigan State, Stanford and Wake Forest.
Aldridge Off to Fast Start
LaMarcus Aldridge has been quite impressive during the opening six games of the season. Aldridge leads the team in scoring (18.2 ppg), rebounding (11.5 rpg), blocked shots (15) and field goal percentage (.671). He has led the team or tied for the team lead in rebounds in each of the first six contests.
Aldridge Sees Double
LaMarcus Aldridge has quickly become a double-double machine for the Longhorns. Aldridge has recorded six consecutive double-doubles to start the year. This marks the sixth-longest streak of consecutive double-doubles in UT history. Dating back to last season, he has posted seven double-doubles in his last nine games entering Saturday's contest.
Aldridge Picks Up Pair of Honors
LaMarcus Aldridge earned a pair of honors during the past week for his play in the three wins against No. 13 West Virginia, No. 18 Iowa and Louisiana-Monroe. He was tabbed MVP at the Guardians Classic and garnered Big 12 Player of the Week honors on Monday, Nov. 28. The Big 12 accolade marked the first such league accolade of Aldridge's career. Over the three games, Aldridge averaged 18.0 ppg, 12.3 rpg and 2.0 bpg while converting 23-of-36 (.639) field goals. In the Guardians semifinal win against No. 13 West Virginia, he registered 15 points (7-of-10 FG), a career-high 14 boards and two blocks in a career-best 39 minutes of work. Not only did Aldridge provide the game-winning basket against the Mountaineers with his offensive rebound and putback with 3.6 seconds left, he also sealed the victory with a block of a Mike Gansey runner in the final second of play. Aldridge returned to post 18 points (8-of-14 FG), 12 rebounds and three blocks in 37 minutes during the Guardians championship game against No. 18 Iowa. He then followed with 21 points (8-of-12 FG), 11 rebounds, one block and three steals in the home win against Louisiana-Monroe.
Gibson Returns After Solid Freshman Year Daniel Gibson was named the consensus Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year (by league's coaches and media) and tabbed the National Freshman of the Year by Dick Vitale last season. He led the squad in scoring (14.2 ppg), double-figure scoring games (25), assists (3.9 apg), steals (55) and minutes played (32.8 mpg). Gibson became the first freshman in UT history to lead the team in scoring. In his final 16 contests last year, Gibson averaged a team-best 16.1 ppg with five 20-point performances while hitting 78-of-173 (.451) field goals.
Gibson Better with the Ball of Late
One of the primary areas that Daniel Gibson wanted to make improvements from his freshman year to this his sophomore season was his assist-to-turnover ratio. Last year, the consensus Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year sported a 1.27 assist-to-turnover ratio (121-to-95). In his last two games, Gibson has registered seven assists against just two turnovers (3.5-to-1 ratio).
Tucker Starts Strong P
.J. Tucker has picked up right where he left off last year during UT's first six contests. Tucker is second on the team in scoring (17.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.7 rpg) while converting 39-of-65 (.600) field goals and 26-of-33 (.788) free throws this year. He also has posted a team-best 16 steals (2.7 spg) and ranks in a tie for third on the club in assists (11).
Tucker Adds Double-Double
P.J. Tucker posted his first double-double of the year and the 13th of his collegiate career with his 19-point, 11-rebound effort on Tuesday against UT-Pan American. This marked his first double-double since he tallied 25 points and 10 boards against UNLV on Jan. 2, 2005.
P.J.'s Perfect Night
P.J. Tucker was a perfect 9-of-9 from the floor during last Saturday's victory against Louisiana-Monroe. He posted 19 points to go along with four steals and two assists in 29 minutes of work. Tucker also made his first career three-point field goal (in just his second career attempt) with 17:22 left in the second half.
Buckman Continues to Produce
Brad Buckman has been very efficient at both ends of the court early this season. Buckman ranks third on the team in scoring (12.8 ppg) and rebounding (7.5 rpg) this year. He has converted 18-of-30 (.600) field goals, including 4-of-7 (.571) from three-point range, and 11-of-15 (.733) free throws. Buckman registered his first double-double of the year and the 12th of his career with a 12-point, 11-rebound effort during the win against No. 13 West Virginia (Nov. 21). He added 14 points (12 in the second half) on 4-of-7 field goals (2-of-4 threes) and six rebounds in the victory against No. 18 Iowa (Nov. 22). Buckman grabbed a huge offensive rebound and converted a three-point play with 3:43 left in the Iowa game to give the Horns a four-point lead (59-55). Buckman has missed the last two contests with a hip injury but is expected to return to action on Saturday.
Buckman's Block Party
Brad Buckman enters Saturday's contest ranked fifth in career blocked shots in school history. With six blocks this year, Buckman now has recorded 119 rejections in 100 career games (1.19 bpg). He has led the team in blocked shots in each of his first three seasons in Austin.
Paulino Does the Dishes
Kenton Paulino, known more over the past two seasons for his ability to knock down three-pointers, has been an effective passer at the start of this season. Paulino leads the team in assists (22) and posts an impressive 2.20 assist-to-turnover ratio (22-to-10). He dished out a career-high eight assists while tying his career best in minutes played (34) during the Guardians Classic semifinal win against No. 13 West Virginia (Nov. 21). Paulino returned to record five assists against just one turnover while playing 32 minutes in the Guardians championship game victory against No. 18 Iowa (Nov. 22).
Williams Steps Up in Pair of Starts
Mike Williams has played the best basketball of his young career over the last two games. Starting both contests in place of the injured Brad Buckman, Williams has averaged 11.0 ppg and 8.5 rpg in 25.5 mpg while converting 8-of-16 (.500) field goals. He tallied 12 points (4-of-7 FG, 4-of-4 FT), seven rebounds (five offensive) and one block in a career-best 28 minutes last Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe. Williams returned to record his second collegiate double-double with 10 points (4-of-9 FG, 2-of-2 FT) and 10 boards (seven offensive) in 23 minutes in Tuesday's win against UT-Pan American. He ranks fourth on the squad in rebounds (5.0 rpg), and 17 of his 30 boards have come off the offensive glass.
Texas welcomes a class of three newcomers- junior guard Craig Winder, sophomore guard J.D. Lewis and freshman guard A.J. Abrams- to the hardwood in 2005-06.
· Abrams is the all-time leading scorer in Round Rock McNeil HS history (2,559 points). A two-time first-team all-state choice, he averaged 27.6 ppg and 3.1 spg during his senior year while leading his team to a 35-4 mark and a trip to the Class 5A state quarterfinals.
· Lewis earned first-team All-Region V and first-team All-Western Junior College Athletic Conference honors at Midland College last year. He averaged a team-best 17.6 ppg while converting 44.9% (110-245) from three-point range and 83.8% (109-130) from the free throw stripe.
· Winder earned first-team National Junior College Athletic Association Division II All-America honors last year at Cecil Community College. He averaged 21.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 2.6 spg while leading Cecil to a 31-3 mark and a berth in the NJCAA Division II national tourney. He ranked third in school history in career points (1,138) and career three-pointers made (147).
The trio of A.J. Abrams, Connor Atchley and Craig Winder each had their most productive outings of the season during last Saturday's victory against Louisiana-Monroe. Abrams recorded 10 points (2-of-3 threes, 4-of-4 FT) to go along with a team-best five assists, two boards and one steal in 20 minutes. He set career highs in points, free throws made and assists. Abrams is averaging 5.0 ppg while hitting 6-of-14 (.429) from three-point range this year. Atchley posted 12 points (5-of-7 FG, 2-of-2 threes), two assists and one block in 17 minutes. He set career bests in points, field goals made, three-pointers made, assists and minutes played. Atchley ranks fifth on the team in scoring (5.2 ppg) while converting 4-of-6 three-pointers this season. Winder tallied five points, eight rebounds, two assists and three steals in 19 minutes. He set career highs in points, rebounds, free throws made (2-of-2), steals and minutes played. Winder ranks fourth on the team in steals (seven) this year.
The last time Texas did not convert a three-pointer in a contest came on Dec. 18, 1990, in an 87-84 overtime victory at UC-Santa Barbara. The Horns were 0-of-2 from beyond the arc on that day. The Longhorns enter Saturday's contest having hit at least one 3-pointer in 481 consecutive games. In fact, UT has converted at least one three in 607 of 614 games since the trey was introduced prior to the 1986-87 season. The Horns have failed to attempt at least one 3-pointer just one time in school history (Feb. 24, 1988; at TCU, 69-55 win).
Horns Ink Six in Early Signing Period
Six high school standouts signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period to play basketball next season at Texas. D.J. Augustin (Houston, Texas), Kevin Durant (Suitland, Va.), Matt Hill (Lincoln, Neb.), Justin Mason (Amarillo, Texas), Dexter Pittman (Rosenberg, Texas) and Harrison Smith (Houston) will join the Horns for the 2006-07 season.
· Augustin (5-11, 180), a point guard at Fort Bend Hightower HS who plays for coach David Peavy, is ranked as the No. 26 prospect nationally by HoopScoop. Augustin played at Brother Martin (New Orleans, La.) during his junior season and averaged 21.2 ppg and 5.3 apg. He led Brother Martin to back-to-back state titles as a sophomore and junior.
· Durant (6-9, 205), a swingman at Montrose Christian School who plays for coach Stu Vetter, is ranked as the No. 2 prospect nationally by most recruiting services. Durant played at Oak Hill Academy during his junior year and averaged 19.6 ppg, 8.8 rpg and over three blocks per game while leading Oak Hill to a 35-2 mark.
· Hill (6-10, 230), a forward at Lincoln Southeast HS who plays for coach Jeff Smith, is ranked as the No. 74 prospect nationally by Scout.com. Hill averaged 19 ppg, 10.5 rpg and 3.7 bpg as a junior.
· Mason (6-3, 185), a combo guard at Amarillo Palo Duro HS who plays for coach Jeff Evans, is ranked as the No. 79 prospect nationally by Rivals.com. Mason averaged 19 ppg while leading Palo Duro to the Class 4A state semifinals as a junior.
· Pittman (6-10, 320), a center from Rosenberg Terry HS who plays for coach Bennett Hatten, is ranked as the No. 51 prospect nationally by Scout.com. Pittman averaged 15 ppg, 8.5 rpg and three blocks per game as a junior.
· Smith (6-3, 185), a shooting guard at Jones HS who plays for coach Barrie Jones, is ranked as the No. 82 prospect nationally by Rivals.com. Smith averaged 23 ppg and 7.0 rpg during his junior season.
This marks the 100th season of intercollegiate basketball at Texas. UT played its first varsity basketball contest on March 10, 1906 and recorded a 27-17 victory against Baylor in Austin. The Horns went on to post a 7-1 mark in the program's opening season. Texas has fielded a varsity basketball team in every year since then with the exception of the 1907-08 season. UT has a season-long promotional plan to celebrate the centennial season.
Here's a rundown of some of the highlights planned for 2005-06:
· UT will wear a commemorative "100th year" logo on its game uniforms throughout the 2005-06 season.
· TexasSports.com will count down the "Top 100 Moments in Texas Basketball" during the year (selected by an in-house panel). Moment No. 100 was announced on Sunday, Nov. 13. Moment No. 1 will be posted on Saturday, March 4.
· TexasSports.com will announce a five-player "All-Decade Team" for each of the following time periods: 1906-1919, 1920-1929, 1930-39, 1940-49, 1950-59, 1960-69, 1970-79, 1980-89, 1990-99 and 2000-05 (selected by an in-house panel). Each "All-Decade Team" will be announced during the month of January.
· Texas fans will have the chance to vote for a five-player "All-Time Texas Basketball Team" during the month of February. Fans can cast their votes for one center, two forwards and two guards to determine the "All-Time Team." Fans will be able to vote either online at TexasSports.com and heb.com or in select H-E-B stores in the Austin area. The "All-Time Texas Basketball Team" will be unveiled during UT's regular-season finale on March 5 against Oklahoma.
Barnes in Year Eight
Head coach Rick Barnes is in his eighth season at Texas and sports a 167-69 (.708) mark with the Horns. He has compiled a 369-203 (.645) record in 19 years as a head coach at George Mason, Providence, Clemson and Texas. Along the way, he has guided his teams to a total of 13 NCAA (current streak of 10 consecutive) and three NIT appearances.
Dual-Sport Success... Did You Know?
With its current Top 2 rankings in both The Associated Press' football and men's basketball polls, The University of Texas has moved into some select company. This marks just the seventh time in NCAA history that one school ranks among the Top 2 in the AP poll in football and men's basketball at the same time. Texas is just the fourth school to accomplish the feat, joining Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State. It also marks the first time since Jan. 14, 1986 (Michigan) that this has been achieved. AP began its football poll in 1936 and its men's basketball poll on Jan. 20, 1949.