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The AP Top 25 Poll

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Steve Hewitt

Boston Herald

As Voted by Steve Hewitt

Boston Herald
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Duke (53)3-01,5641
2Kansas (7)3-01,5102
3Gonzaga3-01,4373
4Virginia (2)3-01,2994
5North Carolina4-01,2467
6Nevada3-01,2536
7Michigan5-01,02118
8Tennessee (1)3-01,2815
9Auburn3-01,1239
10Virginia Tech4-084916
11Michigan State3-193711
12Kentucky3-198010
13Kansas State4-088912
14Mississippi State3-061917
15Florida State2-079414
16UCLA3-043020
17Iowa4-0354-
18TCU3-038821
19Clemson3-046219
20LSU4-035822
21Ohio State4-0222-
22Purdue4-119923
23Oregon3-132513
24Wisconsin3-0150-
25Maryland5-056-

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.