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The AP Top 25 Poll

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John McNamara

The Capital, Annapolis, Md.

John McNamara covers Maryland basketball and football for the Annapolis Capital, where he has worked for the last 19 years. Prior to that, he worked for the Prince George's Journal and the Hagerstown Morning Herald after graduating with a degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland in 1983.

As Voted by John McNamara

The Capital, Annapolis, Md.
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Michigan State (13)1-01,5292
2Duke (34)2-01,5771
3Arizona (16)2-01,5113
4Kansas (2)1-01,4464
5Villanova1-01,3076
6Kentucky2-01,2195
7Wichita State1-01,2777
8Florida0-01,1258
9North Carolina1-01,0789
10Southern California1-01,02310
11Texas A&M1-057725
12Cincinnati1-089012
13Miami (FL)2-091113
14Notre Dame1-086014
15Minnesota1-067515
16Xavier1-060517
17Gonzaga1-052518
18Louisville1-051816
19Purdue2-042620
20West Virginia0-121111
21Northwestern1-037419
22Saint Mary's (Cal.)1-031522
23Seton Hall2-028323
24Baylor1-020524
25UCLA1-026621

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.