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The AP Top 25 Poll

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Scott Gleeson

USA Today

As Voted by Scott Gleeson

USA Today
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Duke (5)9-11,4882
2Kansas (56)9-01,5861
3Virginia (1)9-01,4006
4Tennessee (2)8-11,4643
5Michigan (1)11-01,4425
6Nevada11-01,3197
7Auburn9-11,1568
8Gonzaga9-21,1474
9North Carolina8-21,12612
10Florida State8-194910
11Michigan State9-21,0709
12Texas Tech10-091211
13Kentucky8-237719
14Virginia Tech9-183813
15Ohio State9-164715
16Buffalo10-068414
17Wisconsin9-261916
18Indiana9-222625
19Arizona State8-141520
20Mississippi State9-152918
21Marquette8-235021
22Furman12-020823
23Nebraska9-2156-
24Maryland9-2103-
25Houston10-026624

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. 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 only 10 teams were ranked. 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. The AP's final poll is released after the field for the NCAA Tournament is selected.