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The AP Top 25 Poll

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John Bohnenkamp

The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa

John Bohnenkamp has been at The Hawk Eye (Burlington, Iowa) since 1991. He's covered college basketball full-time since 1993 _ main beats being University of Iowa and Western Illinois University men's and  women's basketball _ and has been sports editor since 1999.

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As Voted by John Bohnenkamp

The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa
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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Kansas (56)9-01,5861
2Duke (5)9-11,4882
3Virginia (1)9-01,4006
4Tennessee (2)8-11,4643
5Michigan (1)11-01,4425
7Michigan State9-21,0709
8North Carolina8-21,12612
11Texas Tech10-091211
12Florida State8-194910
13Ohio State9-164715
14Virginia Tech9-183813
17Mississippi State9-152918
22Arizona State8-141520

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.