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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1North Carolina (20)19-41,5782
2Oklahoma (45)19-31,6051
3Kansas19-41,2334
4Villanova20-31,3846
5Xavier21-21,3447
6Virginia19-41,08611
7Maryland21-31,3668
8Iowa19-41,3623
9Texas A&M18-51,1695
10Michigan State20-41,01812
11West Virginia19-48149
12Miami (FL)18-453715
13Providence18-690010
14Louisville19-447816
15Kentucky17-642920
16Iowa State17-685114
17Oregon20-455123
18SMU20-285313
19Baylor17-672817
20Indiana19-527019
21Purdue19-551121
22Arizona19-524518
23Wichita State17-632322
24Saint Mary's19-36328
24Saint Mary's (Cal.)18-26328
25Dayton19-316826

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.