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The AP Top 25 Poll

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John Werner

Waco (Texas) Tribune-Herald

John Werner has been a sports writer for the Waco Tribune-Herald since 1982. He covers Baylor football and men's basketball. He's a 1979 graduate of Texas State University in San Marcos.

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As Voted by John Werner

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Kansas (63)30-41,6231
2Michigan State (2)29-51,5522
3Villanova29-51,2833
4North Carolina28-61,4887
5Virginia26-71,3844
6Oregon28-61,3718
7West Virginia26-81,1939
8Oklahoma25-71,2156
9Xavier27-51,1275
10Kentucky26-892016
11Indiana25-782810
12Miami (FL)25-792011
13Purdue26-887313
14Texas A&M26-868217
15Louisville23-858514
16Utah26-887012
17Arizona25-855915
18Maryland25-848918
19Duke23-1038319
20Iowa21-108220
21Baylor22-1134722
22Iowa State21-1131721
23California23-1027024
24Seton Hall25-837429
25SMU25-58425

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.