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The AP Top 25 Poll

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Brant Wilkerson-New

The News & Record

As Voted by Brant Wilkerson-New

The News & Record
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Duke (53)3-01,5641
2Kansas (7)3-01,5102
3Gonzaga3-01,4373
4Nevada3-01,2536
5Virginia (2)3-01,2994
6North Carolina4-01,2467
7Tennessee (1)3-01,2815
8Kentucky3-198010
9Auburn3-01,1239
10Michigan State3-193711
11Florida State2-079414
12Kansas State4-088912
13Virginia Tech4-084916
14Michigan5-01,02118
15Washington3-129-
16Clemson3-046219
17Purdue4-119923
18Indiana3-174-
19Iowa4-0354-
20Buffalo3-024025
21Oregon3-132513
22Mississippi State3-061917
23UCLA3-043020
24Villanova2-2538
25Nebraska3-098-

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.