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The AP Top 25 Poll

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Mark Cooper

Tulsa World

As Voted by Mark Cooper

Tulsa World
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Michigan State (2)16-21,3556
2Duke (11)15-21,5201
3Virginia (3)16-11,4514
4Tennessee (48)16-11,5753
5Michigan17-11,3632
6Gonzaga18-21,3745
7Kansas15-31,0607
8Virginia Tech15-21,0079
9Maryland16-375119
10Kentucky14-31,08712
11Nevada18-11,14310
12Texas Tech15-37438
13Marquette16-386115
14North Carolina14-489513
15Buffalo17-174316
16Houston18-154421
17Villanova14-445022
18Purdue12-6111-
19Iowa16-333223
20Louisville13-5230-
21LSU14-3154-
22Mississippi14-329118
23Iowa State14-4156-
24Auburn13-462714
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.