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John McNamara

The Capital, Annapolis, Md.

John McNamara covers Maryland basketball and football for the Annapolis Capital, where he has worked for the last 19 years. Prior to that, he worked for the Prince George's Journal and the Hagerstown Morning Herald after graduating with a degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland in 1983.

As Voted by John McNamara

The Capital, Annapolis, Md.
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Villanova (32)21-31,5663
2Maryland (13)22-31,4994
3Iowa (11)19-51,4715
4Oklahoma (7)20-31,4721
5Xavier21-31,3826
6Kansas (1)20-41,3117
7North Carolina20-41,1362
8Virginia (1)20-41,2239
9Michigan State20-51,14410
10West Virginia19-51,08214
11Louisville19-581919
12Oregon20-590516
13Miami (FL)19-482617
14Texas A&M18-66638
15Providence18-734911
16Iowa State17-778113
17SMU20-359312
18Arizona19-549723
19Dayton20-341324
20Baylor18-633315
21Purdue20-545618
22Texas16-819936
23Southern California18-522527
24Kentucky18-622820
25South Carolina21-312825

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.