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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by Joey Johnston

The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune
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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Kentucky (65)38-11,6251
7Notre Dame32-61,17811
11Iowa State25-91,04313
13Wichita State30-573712
16West Virginia25-1039818
18North Carolina26-1270319
22Michigan State27-1215930
25Boise State25-9525

Joey Johnston

The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune

Joey Johnston of the Tampa Tribune has covered sports in the Tampa Bay area for more than three decades. The Super Bowl, World Series, the Stanley Cup Finals, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open are among the events on his career resume, but college basketball has been a particular interest. Johnston has covered NCAA men's basketball tournament events from coast-to-coast, including 11 editions of the Final Four. Johnston spearheaded the Tribune's coverage of the 1999 Final Four at St. Petersburg, Fla.

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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.