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Terry Toohey

Delaware County (Pa.) Daily Times
Terry Toohey

Terry Toohey has 30 years' experience in the newspaper business and also has hosted television and radio shows during that time. Terry has been the assistant sports editor at the Delaware County Daily Times in suburban Philadelphia for the last 16 years and became the Villanova beat writer for all sports, primarily basketball and football, at the start of the 1998-99 season. Prior to that Terry spent 15 years as the main high school writer for the Daily Times, covering football, boys basketball baseball and track. He also covered the Phillies (briefly), two World Series, one NBA Finals, numerous NCAA tournaments in a variety of sports, six Army-Navy games and the Penn Relays for the last 20 years.

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As Voted by Terry Toohey

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Kansas (57)8-01,5832
2Duke (4)9-11,4543
3Virginia (1)9-01,3844
4Michigan (1)10-01,3985
5Tennessee (1)7-11,4217
6Gonzaga (1)9-11,4121
7Nevada10-01,2836
8Auburn8-11,1518
9Michigan State8-21,06610
10Texas Tech8-091413
11Florida State8-199111
12North Carolina7-289014
13Virginia Tech8-183315
14Buffalo9-066417
15Kentucky7-23859
16Villanova8-253221
17Mississippi State8-144122
18Ohio State8-162119
19Houston8-0173-
20Furman10-018925
21Arizona State7-135120
22Marquette8-2281-
23Wisconsin8-259912
24Cincinnati9-173-
25Iowa7-220818

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.