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The AP Top 25 Poll

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Jerry Carino

Gannett, New Jersey

Jerry Carino is the college basketball writer for the Gannett New Jersey newspapers. He covers the Rutgers and Seton Hall beats, the Big East Conference, and blogs at


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As Voted by Jerry Carino

Gannett, New Jersey
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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Kansas (56)9-01,5861
2Duke (5)9-11,4882
3Tennessee (2)8-11,4643
4Michigan (1)11-01,4425
5Virginia (1)9-01,4006
7North Carolina8-21,12612
10Michigan State9-21,0709
11Florida State8-194910
12Texas Tech10-091211
13Virginia Tech9-183813
15Ohio State9-164715
17Mississippi State9-152918
18Arizona State8-141520
19St. John's10-059-

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.