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The AP Top 25 Poll

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Doug Haller

The Arizona Republic, Phoenix

Doug Haller has covered college basketball for The Arizona Republic for six years. He has worked in Arizona since 2006. He also has worked in Florida, Illinois, South Dakota and Indiana.

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As Voted by Doug Haller

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Kansas (63)30-41,6231
2North Carolina28-61,4887
3Virginia26-71,3844
4Oregon28-61,3718
5Michigan State (2)29-51,5522
6Oklahoma25-71,2156
7Villanova29-51,2833
8Xavier27-51,1275
9West Virginia26-81,1939
10Miami (FL)25-792011
11Utah26-887012
12Kentucky26-892016
13Purdue26-887313
14California23-1027024
15Texas A&M26-868217
16Duke23-1038319
17Indiana25-782810
18Arizona25-855915
19Iowa State21-1131721
20Maryland25-848918
21Seton Hall25-837429
22Baylor22-1134722
23Texas20-126923
24Notre Dame21-116140
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.