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The AP Top 25 Poll

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Jesse Newell

Kansas City Star

As Voted by Jesse Newell

Kansas City Star
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Virginia (3)16-11,4514
2Duke (11)15-21,5201
3Michigan State (2)16-21,3556
4Gonzaga18-21,3745
5Tennessee (48)16-11,5753
6Michigan17-11,3632
7North Carolina14-489513
8Virginia Tech15-21,0079
9Kansas15-31,0607
10Purdue12-6111-
11Kentucky14-31,08712
12Texas Tech15-37438
13Auburn13-462714
14Nebraska13-566-
15Nevada18-11,14310
16Iowa State14-4156-
17Wisconsin12-664-
18Louisville13-5230-
19Maryland16-375119
20Buffalo17-174316
21Villanova14-445022
22Mississippi State14-326624
23LSU14-3154-
24Florida10-72-
25TCU13-41-

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.