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Mark Berman

The Roanoke (Va.) Times

Mark Berman covers Virginia Tech basketball for The Roanoke Times in Roanoke, Va. He is a Syracuse University graduate who grew up in Trumbull, Conn. He has been at The Roanoke Times since 1998. He covered James Madison for The Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg, Va., from 1989-98. His blog can be read at http://blogs.roanoke.com/courtside.

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As Voted by Mark Berman

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Tennessee (48)16-11,5753
2Gonzaga18-21,3745
3Duke (11)15-21,5201
4Virginia (3)16-11,4514
5Michigan State (2)16-21,3556
6Michigan17-11,3632
7Kentucky14-31,08712
8Nevada18-11,14310
9Virginia Tech15-21,0079
10Kansas15-31,0607
11Marquette16-386115
12Buffalo17-174316
13North Carolina14-489513
14Maryland16-375119
15Villanova14-445022
16Iowa16-333223
17Iowa State14-4156-
18Texas Tech15-37438
19Houston18-154421
20Louisville13-5230-
21Purdue12-6111-
22LSU14-3154-
23Mississippi14-329118
24Auburn13-462714
25Nebraska13-566-

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.