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The AP Top 25 Poll

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Clay Fowler

As Voted by Clay Fowler

(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Villanova (59)31-31,6192
2Kansas28-41,4781
3Arizona30-41,4277
4Gonzaga (6)32-11,5204
5UCLA29-41,2073
6Kentucky29-51,2758
7North Carolina27-71,2786
8Oregon29-51,1945
9Duke27-81,25014
10Louisville24-898110
11Florida24-838817
12Purdue25-765213
13Baylor25-78779
14SMU30-495112
15West Virginia26-884211
16Cincinnati29-552015
17Notre Dame25-968222
18Butler23-835918
19Florida State25-856816
20Saint Mary's (Cal.)28-430419
21Iowa State23-1056823
22Virginia22-1023821
23Wichita State30-443620
24Michigan24-11252-
25Minnesota24-920-

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 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.