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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
1Tennessee (48)16-11,5753
2Duke (11)15-21,5201
3Virginia (3)16-11,4514
4Michigan State (2)16-21,3556
5Michigan17-11,3632
6Gonzaga18-21,3745
7Nevada18-11,14310
8Virginia Tech15-21,0079
9Kansas15-31,0607
10Buffalo17-174316
11Kentucky14-31,08712
12North Carolina14-489513
13Florida State13-513911
14Auburn13-462714
15Texas Tech15-37438
16Houston18-154421
17Maryland16-375119
18Marquette16-386115
19Villanova14-445022
20Iowa16-333223
21North Carolina State15-328217
22Mississippi State14-326624
23Louisville13-5230-
24LSU14-3154-
25Washington14-411-

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.