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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Duke (48)2-01,6064
2Kansas (14)1-01,5711
3Gonzaga2-01,4783
4North Carolina2-01,2608
5Tennessee (1)2-01,3066
6Nevada2-01,2777
7Michigan State1-191910
8Auburn2-01,13211
9Kansas State1-089212
10Syracuse2-067316
11Mississippi State2-054918
12Virginia (2)2-01,3265
13Oregon2-073914
14LSU2-024823
15Kentucky1-11,0542
16Villanova2-01,1399
17Purdue2-021824
18UCLA2-034021
19Florida State2-073117
20Clemson2-035022
21Marquette2-0155-
22Michigan2-048619
23TCU2-032320
24Indiana2-0131-
25Virginia Tech1-066415

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.