NCAA Men's Basketball

The AP Top 25 Poll

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Aaron Brenner

The Post and Courier

As Voted by Aaron Brenner

The Post and Courier
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Kansas (63)30-41,6231
2Michigan State (2)29-51,5522
3North Carolina28-61,4887
4Oklahoma25-71,2156
5Oregon28-61,3718
6Virginia26-71,3844
7Villanova29-51,2833
8West Virginia26-81,1939
9Xavier27-51,1275
10Indiana25-782810
11Kentucky26-892016
12Purdue26-887313
13Miami (FL)25-792011
14Texas A&M26-868217
15Utah26-887012
16Duke23-1038319
17Seton Hall25-837429
18Arizona25-855915
19Maryland25-848918
20Baylor22-1134722
21Texas20-126923
22Iowa State21-1131721
23Notre Dame21-116140
24Stephen F. Austin27-51230
25Wisconsin20-12926

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.