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Mark Berman

The Roanoke (Va.) Times

Mark Berman covers Virginia Tech basketball for The Roanoke Times in Roanoke, Va. He is a Syracuse University graduate who grew up in Trumbull, Conn. He has been at The Roanoke Times since 1998. He covered James Madison for The Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg, Va., from 1989-98. His blog can be read at http://blogs.roanoke.com/courtside.

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As Voted by Mark Berman

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Duke (53)3-01,5641
2Kansas (7)3-01,5102
3Nevada3-01,2536
4Gonzaga3-01,4373
5Virginia (2)3-01,2994
6North Carolina4-01,2467
7Auburn3-01,1239
8Virginia Tech4-084916
9Michigan5-01,02118
10Kansas State4-088912
11Tennessee (1)3-01,2815
12Florida State2-079414
13Buffalo3-024025
14Michigan State3-193711
15Furman5-050-
16Kentucky3-198010
17Clemson3-046219
18Mississippi State3-061917
19Iowa4-0354-
20TCU3-038821
21UCLA3-043020
22LSU4-035822
23Ohio State4-0222-
24Wisconsin3-0150-
25Purdue4-119923

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.