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The AP Top 25 Poll

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John Bednarowski

Marietta Daily Journal

As Voted by John Bednarowski

Marietta Daily Journal
(###) 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
5Tennessee6-11,2386
6Kentucky7-11,07010
7Virginia (1)7-01,3674
8Auburn6-11,1548
9Florida State6-187115
10Michigan8-01,3397
11Michigan State6-29159
12North Carolina6-278211
13Kansas State6-162912
14Texas Tech7-078320
15Wisconsin7-180922
16Villanova6-235623
17Mississippi State6-124325
18Buffalo7-051521
19Iowa6-141714
20Arizona State7-0384-
21Syracuse5-262-
22Ohio State7-138516
23Notre Dame6-13-
24Maryland7-120424
25Furman8-0101-

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.