Lakeway (Louisiana Press Journal)

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 (13)14-11,4823
2Michigan (9)17-01,4972
3Virginia (6)15-01,4734
4Duke (36)14-11,5581
5Gonzaga16-21,3155
6Michigan State15-21,2926
7Kansas14-21,1887
8Texas Tech15-11,1578
9Virginia Tech14-11,0919
10Florida State13-391813
11North Carolina State14-258615
12Nevada16-11,01510
13Oklahoma13-339423
14Marquette14-366821
15Mississippi13-2501-
16Kentucky12-379018
17Maryland14-3412-
18Buffalo15-162519
19Auburn12-366911
20North Carolina12-467812
21Houston16-138717
22Villanova13-4300-
23Louisville11-5112-
24Indiana12-411622
25Iowa14-3172-

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.