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John Feinstein

National Public Radio, Washington

John Feinstein is the bestselling author of Moment of Glory, Are You Kidding Me? (with Rocco Mediate), Living on the Black, Tales from Q School, Last Dance, Next Man Up, Let Me Tell You a Story (with Red Auerbach), Caddy for Life, Open, The Punch, The Last Amateurs, The Majors, A March to Madness, A Civil War, A Good Walk Spoiled, A Season on the Brink, Play Ball, Hard Courts, and four sports mystery novels for young readers. He writes for The Washington Post, Washingtonpost.com, and Golf Digest.

As Voted by John Feinstein

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1North Carolina (20)19-31,5782
2Oklahoma (45)19-21,6051
3Kansas18-41,2334
4Villanova19-31,3846
5Maryland20-31,3668
6Iowa18-41,3623
7Xavier20-21,3447
8Virginia18-41,08611
9SMU19-285313
10Providence18-590010
11Michigan State19-41,01812
12Texas A&M18-41,1695
13Baylor17-572817
14Oregon19-455123
15West Virginia18-48149
16Kentucky16-642920
17Purdue19-451121
18Dayton18-316826
19Wichita State17-532322
20Iowa State16-685114
21Miami (FL)17-453715
22VCU17-53333
23Louisville18-447816
24Saint Mary's18-36328
24Saint Mary's (Cal.)18-26328
25Stony Brook18-41-

Poll Methodology

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes noted in parentheses, are determined by a points system. A team receives 25 points for a first-place vote, 24 points for a second-place vote and so on through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking.

History of the Poll

The Associated Press college basketball poll started on Jan. 20, 1949, and hasn't missed a week since. The original poll had 20 teams, with Saint Louis the first school to hold the No. 1 ranking. From the 1961-62 season through 1967-68 there was only a Top 10. It expanded again to 20 teams from 1968-69 through 1988-89. The Top 25 began the next season, and it has stayed at that number ever since. Only 12 schools have run the season at No. 1, the last being Duke in 1991-92. The record for consecutive weeks at No. 1 is 46 by UCLA from Feb. 9, 1971 through Jan. 15, 1974. Ohio State stands second in this category with a 27-week run from Dec. 1960 through March 13, 1962. UCLA has spent the most weeks at No. 1 with 134; Duke is second with 122. North Carolina, with 111, is the only other school with more than 100. The record for most schools to reach No. 1 in a season is seven in 1982-83, and the most consecutive weeks with a different No. 1 is seven in 1993-94. The AP's final poll is always released after the field for the NCAA tournament is selected. There are 23 schools that have been ranked No. 2 but have never been atop the poll. Maryland, with 23 weeks at No. 2, leads that list, which includes national champions UTEP, Villanova and California. There has been a tie for No. 1 just once - Jan. 27, 1981, when Virginia and Oregon State finished as co-No. 1s.