When JFK was in the White House, the panel of sports journalists behind the Associated Press basketball poll also started releasing preseason rankings.
The No. 1 team in the preseason AP poll has gone on to win the national championship just 15 times since 1962.
If North Carolina wins Monday night, it becomes the first preseason No. 1 to win the national title since the 2009 Tar Heels, also coached by Roy Williams. (Villanova was No. 11 in the preseason AP Top 25 released on Nov. 2.)
The only consecutive years when the preseason poll also forecasted the eventual national champion were during John Wooden's UCLA dynasty. The preseason AP poll picked the Bruins to win each year from 1967 to 1973.
Here's the preseason AP No. 1 teams that went on to cut down the nets:
2009: NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina head coach Roy Williams and players hold the 2009 championship trophy after their 89-72 win over Michigan State in the tournament finals. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Teammates surround Florida's Al Horford (42) , center, after defeating Ohio State 84-75 in the 2007 championship game. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Connecticut's Hilton Armstrong, left, and Ben Gordon celebrate with the trophy and newspaper headline after the Huskies won the 2004 national championship with an 82-73 win over Georgia Tech. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Kentucky forward Walter McCarty (40) joins fellow team members Ron Mercer (33) and Derek Anderson in celebrating their 76-67 win over Syracuse in the 1996 championship game. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)
Coach Mike Krzyzewski and his Duke team celebrate after receiving their 1992 championship trophy. The Blue Devils beat Michigan 71-51 to win the title. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
UNLV players Moses Scurry, left, and Anderson Hunt hug coach Jerry Tarkanian after their 103-73 victory over Duke in the 1990 NCAA Final Four Championship game. (AP Photo/Susan Ragan)
1982: NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith cuts the net as players and fans cheer after the Tar Heels defeated Georgetown 63-62 for the 1982 title. (AP Photo/Pete Leabo)
Indiana coach Bobby Knight, left, forward Scott May, center, and guard Quinn Buckner hold the trophy after defeating Michigan 86-68 to win the 1976 tournament championship. (AP Photo)
UCLA coach John Wooden is flanked by Sidney Wicks, right, and Lew Alcindor, draped with basket ropes, after UCLA beat Purdue 92-72 to win the 1969 NCAA basketball title. (AP Photo)