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The AP Top 25 Poll

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Dave Preston

WTOP

As Voted by Dave Preston

WTOP
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Virginia (2)2-01,3265
2Duke (48)2-01,6064
3Kansas (14)1-01,5711
4Gonzaga2-01,4783
5Tennessee (1)2-01,3066
6North Carolina2-01,2608
7Villanova2-01,1399
8Kansas State1-089212
9Kentucky1-11,0542
10Syracuse2-067316
11Florida State2-073117
12Purdue2-021824
13Nevada2-01,2777
14Auburn2-01,13211
15Oregon2-073914
16Michigan State1-191910
17Clemson2-035022
18UCLA2-034021
19Michigan2-048619
20Virginia Tech1-066415
21West Virginia0-114513
22TCU2-032320
23Mississippi State2-054918
24LSU2-024823
25Davidson2-01-

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.