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The AP Top 25 Poll

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Luke DeCock

The News & Observer

As Voted by Luke DeCock

The News & Observer
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Duke (36)14-11,5581
2Michigan (9)17-01,4972
3Virginia (6)15-01,4734
4Tennessee (13)14-11,4823
5Michigan State15-21,2926
6Gonzaga16-21,3155
7Kansas14-21,1887
8Virginia Tech14-11,0919
9Texas Tech15-11,1578
10Nevada16-11,01510
11Buffalo15-162519
12Auburn12-366911
13Maryland14-3412-
14Marquette14-366821
15North Carolina State14-258615
16Mississippi13-2501-
17Oklahoma13-339423
18North Carolina12-467812
19Florida State13-391813
20Nebraska12-436-
21Iowa14-3172-
22Houston16-138717
23Kentucky12-379018
24Villanova13-4300-
25Temple13-35-

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.