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The AP Top 25 Poll

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Tennessee (48)16-11,5753
2Duke (11)15-21,5201
3Virginia (3)16-11,4514
4Michigan17-11,3632
5Michigan State (2)16-21,3556
6Gonzaga18-21,3745
7Kentucky14-31,08712
8Nevada18-11,14310
9Marquette16-386115
10North Carolina14-489513
11Kansas15-31,0607
12Buffalo17-174316
13Auburn13-462714
14Virginia Tech15-21,0079
15Villanova14-445022
16Maryland16-375119
17Texas Tech15-37438
18Houston18-154421
19Nebraska13-566-
20Louisville13-5230-
21Florida State13-513911
22Iowa16-333223
23North Carolina State15-328217
24Iowa State14-4156-
25Kansas State14-491-

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.