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The AP Top 25 Poll

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Jon Wilner

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Tennessee (48)16-11,5753
2Michigan17-11,3632
3Duke (11)15-21,5201
4Virginia (3)16-11,4514
5Gonzaga18-21,3745
6Michigan State (2)16-21,3556
7Kansas15-31,0607
8Kentucky14-31,08712
9Nevada18-11,14310
10Virginia Tech15-21,0079
11North Carolina14-489513
12Marquette16-386115
13Florida State13-513911
14Villanova14-445022
15Maryland16-375119
16Texas Tech15-37438
17Buffalo17-174316
18Iowa16-333223
19Mississippi14-329118
20North Carolina State15-328217
21Syracuse13-513-
22Auburn13-462714
23Iowa State14-4156-
24Houston18-154421
25Mississippi State14-326624

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.