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The AP Top 25 Poll

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Jesse Newell

Kansas City Star

As Voted by Jesse Newell

Kansas City Star
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Duke (4)9-11,4543
2Virginia (1)9-01,3844
3Michigan (1)10-01,3985
4Gonzaga (1)9-11,4121
5Kansas (57)8-01,5832
8Michigan State8-21,06610
9North Carolina7-289014
10Tennessee (1)7-11,4217
11Virginia Tech8-183315
12Texas Tech8-091413
14Florida State8-199111
16Ohio State8-162119
17Iowa State8-219-
20Mississippi State8-144122
22North Carolina State8-126-

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.