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Bob Holt

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock, Ark.

Bob Holt has covered University of Arkansas athletics for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 1981.

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As Voted by Bob Holt

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock, Ark.
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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Maryland (13)21-31,4994
2Villanova (32)20-31,5663
3Oklahoma (7)19-31,4721
4Kansas (1)19-41,3117
5Virginia (1)19-41,2239
6Iowa (11)19-41,4715
7Xavier21-21,3826
8Michigan State20-41,14410
9West Virginia19-41,08214
10North Carolina19-41,1362
11Iowa State17-678113
12Louisville19-481919
13Miami (FL)18-482617
14Arizona19-549723
15Texas A&M18-56638
16Oregon20-490516
17Kentucky17-622820
18SMU20-259312
19Dayton19-341324
20Purdue19-545618
21Southern California18-522527
22South Carolina20-312825
23Indiana19-59122
24Providence18-634911
25Texas16-719936

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.