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Mark Berman

The Roanoke (Va.) Times

Mark Berman covers Virginia Tech basketball for The Roanoke Times in Roanoke, Va. He is a Syracuse University graduate who grew up in Trumbull, Conn. He has been at The Roanoke Times since 1998. He covered James Madison for The Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg, Va., from 1989-98. His blog can be read at http://blogs.roanoke.com/courtside.

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As Voted by Mark Berman

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Tennessee (13)14-11,4823
2Duke (36)14-11,5581
3Virginia (6)15-01,4734
4Michigan (9)17-01,4972
5Michigan State15-21,2926
6Gonzaga16-21,3155
7Kansas14-21,1887
8Texas Tech15-11,1578
9Virginia Tech14-11,0919
10Nevada16-11,01510
11Florida State13-391813
12Marquette14-366821
13Buffalo15-162519
14Kentucky12-379018
15North Carolina12-467812
16North Carolina State14-258615
17Mississippi13-2501-
18Villanova13-4300-
19Maryland14-3412-
20Iowa14-3172-
21Indiana12-411622
22Houston16-138717
23Oklahoma13-339423
24Auburn12-366911
25Purdue10-616-

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.