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The AP Top 25 Poll

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John Bednarowski

Marietta Daily Journal

As Voted by John Bednarowski

Marietta Daily Journal
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Kansas (7)3-01,5102
2Duke (53)3-01,5641
3Gonzaga3-01,4373
4Nevada3-01,2536
5Tennessee (1)3-01,2815
6North Carolina4-01,2467
7Kentucky3-198010
8Michigan State3-193711
9Virginia (2)3-01,2994
10Kansas State4-088912
11Mississippi State3-061917
12Michigan5-01,02118
13Auburn3-01,1239
14UCLA3-043020
15Syracuse2-22915
16Florida State2-079414
17Oregon3-132513
18Virginia Tech4-084916
19Villanova2-2538
20TCU3-038821
21West Virginia2-218-
22Notre Dame3-14-
23Purdue4-119923
24Clemson3-046219
25LSU4-035822

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.