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The AP Top 25 Poll

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Damien Sordelett

The News & Advance

As Voted by Damien Sordelett

The News & Advance
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Virginia (6)15-01,4734
2Duke (36)14-11,5581
3Tennessee (13)14-11,4823
4Michigan (9)17-01,4972
5Michigan State15-21,2926
6Texas Tech15-11,1578
7Gonzaga16-21,3155
8Virginia Tech14-11,0919
9Kansas14-21,1887
10Nevada16-11,01510
11Houston16-138717
12North Carolina State14-258615
13Buffalo15-162519
14Kentucky12-379018
15Florida State13-391813
16Mississippi13-2501-
17Mississippi State12-315414
18Auburn12-366911
19North Carolina12-467812
20Marquette14-366821
21Maryland14-3412-
22Oklahoma13-339423
23Iowa14-3172-
24Iowa State12-42020
25TCU12-31225

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.