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The AP Top 25 Poll

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Ben Steele

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

As Voted by Ben Steele

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Tennessee (48)16-11,5753
2Gonzaga18-21,3745
3Duke (11)15-21,5201
4Virginia (3)16-11,4514
5Michigan State (2)16-21,3556
6Michigan17-11,3632
7Kentucky14-31,08712
8Nevada18-11,14310
9Kansas15-31,0607
10Virginia Tech15-21,0079
11Marquette16-386115
12Buffalo17-174316
13Maryland16-375119
14North Carolina14-489513
15Texas Tech15-37438
16Auburn13-462714
17Houston18-154421
18Villanova14-445022
19Louisville13-5230-
20Mississippi14-329118
21Purdue12-6111-
22Nebraska13-566-
23North Carolina State15-328217
24Iowa16-333223
25LSU14-3154-

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.