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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
1Kansas (14)1-01,5711
2Duke (48)2-01,6064
3Virginia (2)2-01,3265
4Gonzaga2-01,4783
5North Carolina2-01,2608
6Nevada2-01,2777
7Auburn2-01,13211
8Villanova2-01,1399
9Tennessee (1)2-01,3066
10Kansas State1-089212
11Kentucky1-11,0542
12Syracuse2-067316
13Virginia Tech1-066415
14Purdue2-021824
15Oregon2-073914
16Michigan2-048619
17Mississippi State2-054918
18Florida State2-073117
19TCU2-032320
20Michigan State1-191910
21Buffalo2-0154-
22West Virginia0-114513
23Nebraska2-041-
24Butler1-04-
25Alabama2-011-

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.