Holy Cross is Number 1 in College Basketball
In honor of Gonzaga being ranked as the top college basketball team in the AP Top 25, Sports Illustrated’s blog Extra Mustard provided a list of the twenty smallest schools ever to be ranked number 1 in the AP poll. Although I generally detest lists of any sort, I feel obligated to link to the article because the College of the Holy Cross – with an enrollment of 2,905 students – is apparently the smallest school ever to be ranked first in the AP poll for college basketball.
“Led by Bob Cousy, the Crusaders spent five weeks at No. 1 during the 1949-50 season, three years after the future Celtics point guard helped the Jesuit school become the first East Coast program to win the NCAA title. This year marks 60 years since the Worcester, Mass., school last won an NCAA tournament game.”
Go Cross Go! Although I wish Extra Mustard hadn’t pointed out the Crusaders’ futility in the NCAA tournament, I guess any press is good press. Perhaps this post will help remind the nation of the Crusaders’ storied basketball history and persuade the “Catholic 7” to invite Holy Cross to join the new league.