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Mark Berman

The Roanoke (Va.) Times

Mark Berman covers Virginia Tech basketball for The Roanoke Times in Roanoke, Va. He is a Syracuse University graduate who grew up in Trumbull, Conn. He has been at The Roanoke Times since 1998. He covered James Madison for The Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg, Va., from 1989-98. His blog can be read at http://blogs.roanoke.com/courtside.

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As Voted by Mark Berman

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Gonzaga (43)8-01,5781
2Kansas (19)6-01,5392
3Duke (1)7-11,4633
4Nevada8-01,3005
5Virginia (1)7-01,3674
6Michigan8-01,3397
7Auburn6-11,1548
8Tennessee6-11,2386
9Buffalo7-051521
10Kentucky7-11,07010
11Texas Tech7-078320
12Wisconsin7-180922
13Michigan State6-29159
14Furman8-0101-
15Virginia Tech6-167513
16Villanova6-235623
17Florida State6-187115
18Arizona State7-0384-
19Kansas State6-162912
20Nebraska7-1176-
21Syracuse5-262-
22Ohio State7-138516
23Marquette6-247-
24Radford6-19-
25Maryland7-120424

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.