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The AP Top 25 Poll

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Joey Knight

Tampa Bay Times

As Voted by Joey Knight

Tampa Bay Times
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Duke (53)3-01,5641
2Kansas (7)3-01,5102
3Gonzaga3-01,4373
4Virginia (2)3-01,2994
5Nevada3-01,2536
6North Carolina4-01,2467
7Tennessee (1)3-01,2815
8Auburn3-01,1239
9Michigan5-01,02118
10Virginia Tech4-084916
11Kentucky3-198010
12Michigan State3-193711
13Kansas State4-088912
14Florida State2-079414
15Iowa4-0354-
16UCLA3-043020
17Mississippi State3-061917
18LSU4-035822
19TCU3-038821
20Clemson3-046219
21Oregon3-132513
22Indiana3-174-
23Ohio State4-0222-
24St. John's3-013-
25Buffalo3-024025

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.