WHEN GONZAGA'S men's basketball team was ranked No. 1 this week, Sports Illustrated's Extra Mustard blog put together a list of the 20 smallest schools, by enrollment, to ever reach the top spot in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.
The top three are Catholic universities, with No. 2 and No. 3 being St. Joseph's and La Salle, respectively.
According to SI, Holy Cross is the smallest school to ever be top-ranked. The Crusaders, led by Bob Cousy, were No. 1 during the 1949-50 season.
SI used the schools' current enrollment figures, not those of the year they were No. 1. But if anything, the enrollments were probably even smaller back then.