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The AP Top 25 Poll

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Tony Parks

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As Voted by Tony Parks

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Virginia (30)23-21,5572
2Michigan State (21)24-31,5274
3Cincinnati23-21,3596
4Villanova (9)23-21,5181
5Xavier (5)23-31,4655
6Purdue23-41,2693
7Auburn22-31,0258
8Texas Tech21-41,2587
9Ohio State22-51,09414
10Duke20-59429
11Gonzaga23-41,06312
12Clemson20-494516
13Kansas19-681610
14Saint Mary's (Cal.)24-368311
15Rhode Island20-366618
16North Carolina19-776321
17Tennessee18-658015
18Wichita State19-549522
19Arizona20-659413
20Miami (FL)18-61025
21New Mexico State22-366-
22Michigan20-723920
23Texas A&M17-8241-
24Middle Tennessee20-526-
25Nevada21-58723

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.