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Cormac Gordon

Staten Island (N.Y.) Advance

Cormac Gordon is an award-winning sportswriter and columnist for the Staten Island Advance who has covered numerous World Series, Triple Crown races, NCAA college hoop tournaments and NBA playoffs in his 30 years in the business. He is a former beat writer of St. John's University basketball and still the Advance beat writer covering Wagner College hoops. A resident of Staten Island and Amelia Island, Florida, he also worked as a general news columnist, often writing on politics and organized crime in the New York City area and covering 9/11 and its aftermath. A 25-year veteran of the New York City Police Department, Gordon spent more than a decade investigating organized crime in New York. He is a jazz enthusiast, the father of three children and grandfather of five.

As Voted by Cormac Gordon

Staten Island (N.Y.) Advance
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Oklahoma (45)19-31,6051
2North Carolina (20)19-41,5782
3Maryland21-31,3668
4Kansas19-41,2334
5Iowa18-41,3623
6Texas A&M18-51,1695
7Virginia19-41,08611
8Michigan State20-41,01812
9Villanova20-31,3846
10Xavier21-21,3447
11West Virginia19-48149
12Iowa State17-685114
13Baylor17-672817
14SMU19-285313
15Providence18-690010
16Oregon19-455123
17Miami (FL)17-453715
18Arizona19-524518
19Kentucky17-642920
20Purdue19-551121
21Dayton19-316826
22Indiana19-527019
23Louisville19-447816
24Duke17-6624
25Pittsburgh17-5429

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.