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BOZICH: Who's Number One? Kentuckiana. Historic Day in AP Hoops Poll

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IU, U of L and UK have never all started the season in the Top Five of the AP college basketball poll. IU, U of L and UK have never all started the season in the Top Five of the AP college basketball poll.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – This item is going to have Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams and the folks in the ACC league office looking for the Tums, but today figures to be a historic day for college basketball – especially in the Kentuckiana Triangle. 

It's going to be the first time that Louisville, Kentucky and Indiana all start the season in the top five in the Associated Press college basketball poll. The poll is expected to be released this afternoon.

There's an excellent chance they'll all be in the top three with Indiana first, Louisville second and UK third. Tom Crean's Indiana team has already been named Number One by the USA Today coaches' poll. Louisville and Rick Pitino are the pick of Dick Vitale and several other analysts. And John Calipari and Kentucky are trying to defend the NCAA title they won in New Orleans last April.

But they've never all been in the top five prior to the season. I asked the dean of the poll – Jim O'Connell, the national college hoops writer for the Associated Press.

This is what he said:

It's never happened with all three in the top five but it has happened four times with all three in Top Ten since the preseason poll started for 1961-62 season.

1974: No. 3 Indiana, No. 9 Louisville, No. 10 Kentucky

1976: No. 1 Indiana, No. 6 Kentucky, No. 8 Louisville

1977: No. 5 Indiana, No. 6 Kentucky, No. 9 Louisville

1983: No. 4 Kentucky, No. 8 Louisville, No. 9 Indiana

There have been 10 other times when all three were in the preseason poll:

1975: No. 3 Indiana, No. 8 Louisville, No. 16 Kentucky

1979: No. 4 Louisville, No. 10 Indiana, No. 11 Kentucky

1980: No. 1 Indiana, No. 5 Kentucky, No. 14 Louisville

1982: No. 3 Kentucky, No. 4 Louisville, No. 12 Indiana

1984: No. 2 Kentucky, No. 6 Louisville, No. 19 Indiana

1988: No. 5 Kentucky, No 6 Indiana , No. 13 Louisville

1992: No. 2 Indiana, No. 4 Kentucky, No. 25 Louisville

1994: No. 2 Kentucky, No. 7 Louisville, No. 12 Indiana

2006: No. 7 Louisville, No. 9 Kentucky, No. 23 Indiana

2008: No. 6 Louisville, No. 9 Indiana, No. 20 Kentucky.

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