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The AP Top 25 Poll

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Jon Rothstein

CBS Sports

As Voted by Jon Rothstein

CBS Sports
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Tennessee (48)16-11,5753
2Gonzaga18-21,3745
3Duke (11)15-21,5201
4Michigan State (2)16-21,3556
5Virginia (3)16-11,4514
6Michigan17-11,3632
7Kentucky14-31,08712
8Nevada18-11,14310
9Virginia Tech15-21,0079
10Kansas15-31,0607
11Marquette16-386115
12Houston18-154421
13Buffalo17-174316
14Maryland16-375119
15Texas Tech15-37438
16Louisville13-5230-
17North Carolina14-489513
18Mississippi14-329118
19Auburn13-462714
20Villanova14-445022
21Florida State13-513911
22Iowa16-333223
23Kansas State14-491-
24LSU14-3154-
25North Carolina State15-328217

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.