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Bret Strelow

The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer

Bret Strelow has covered ACC basketball for more than a decade, attending six Final Fours. This is his third season following the league as a writer for The Fayetteville Observer. He primarily focuses on North Carolina, Duke, N.C. State and Wake Forest.

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As Voted by Bret Strelow

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Oklahoma (45)19-21,6051
2North Carolina (20)19-31,5782
3Villanova19-31,3846
4Iowa18-41,3623
5Xavier20-21,3447
6Maryland20-31,3668
7Texas A&M18-41,1695
8Kansas18-41,2334
9Virginia18-41,08611
10Michigan State19-41,01812
11West Virginia18-48149
12Oregon19-455123
13Baylor17-572817
14Iowa State16-685114
15Providence18-590010
16SMU19-285313
17Purdue19-451121
18Miami (FL)17-453715
19Wichita State17-532322
20Arizona18-524518
21Kentucky16-642920
22Louisville18-447816
23Indiana19-427019
24Dayton18-316826
25Notre Dame15-72125

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.