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The AP Top 25 Poll

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John Feinstein

Washington Post

John Feinstein is the bestselling author of Living on the Black, Tales from Q School, Last Dance, Next Man Up, Let Me Tell You a Story (with Red Auerbach), Caddy for Life, Open, The Punch, The Last Amateurs, The Majors, A March to Madness, A Civil War, A Good Walk Spoiled, A Season on the Brink, Play Ball, Hard Courts, and 11 sports mystery novels for young readers. His most recent books are, The Legends Club--Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Valvano and The Story of an Epic College Basketball Rivalry, and, The First Major - The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup. He writes for The Washington Post, Washingtonpost.com, and Golf Digest.

As Voted by John Feinstein

Washington Post
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Tennessee (1)7-11,4217
2Kansas (57)8-01,5832
3Virginia (1)9-01,3844
4Gonzaga (1)9-11,4121
5Michigan (1)10-01,3985
6Duke (4)9-11,4543
7Nevada10-01,2836
8Florida State8-199111
9Auburn8-11,1518
10Buffalo9-066417
11Michigan State8-21,06610
12Texas Tech8-091413
13Ohio State8-162119
14Mississippi State8-144122
15North Carolina7-289014
16Villanova8-253221
17Virginia Tech8-183315
18Oklahoma8-182-
19Marquette8-2281-
20Furman10-018925
21Cincinnati9-173-
22Kansas State6-211816
23Iowa7-220818
24Wisconsin8-259912
25NJIT9-21-

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.