Lakeway (Citizen Tribune)

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 (11)15-21,5201
2Virginia (3)16-11,4514
3Tennessee (48)16-11,5753
4Michigan17-11,3632
5Gonzaga18-21,3745
6Michigan State (2)16-21,3556
7Nevada18-11,14310
8Kentucky14-31,08712
9North Carolina14-489513
10Virginia Tech15-21,0079
11Marquette16-386115
12Kansas15-31,0607
13Maryland16-375119
14Villanova14-445022
15Buffalo17-174316
16Kansas State14-491-
17Houston18-154421
18Auburn13-462714
19Iowa State14-4156-
20Louisville13-5230-
21Texas Tech15-37438
22Mississippi State14-326624
23Syracuse13-513-
24Iowa16-333223
25LSU14-3154-

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.