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The AP Top 25 Poll

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Tom Bragg

Charleston Gazette-Mail

As Voted by Tom Bragg

Charleston Gazette-Mail
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Gonzaga (43)8-01,5781
2Kansas (19)6-01,5392
3Duke (1)7-11,4633
4Tennessee6-11,2386
5Virginia (1)7-01,3674
6Michigan8-01,3397
7Nevada8-01,3005
8Auburn6-11,1548
9Kentucky7-11,07010
10Villanova6-235623
11Florida State6-187115
12Michigan State6-29159
13North Carolina6-278211
14Virginia Tech6-167513
15Kansas State6-162912
16Wisconsin7-180922
17Texas Tech7-078320
18Arizona State7-0384-
19Buffalo7-051521
20Mississippi State6-124325
21Maryland7-120424
22Ohio State7-138516
23Nebraska7-1176-
24Creighton6-242-
25Purdue5-310019

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.