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The AP Top 25 Poll

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Luke DeCock

The News & Observer

As Voted by Luke DeCock

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Michigan State (21)24-31,5274
2Xavier (5)23-31,4655
3Virginia (30)23-21,5572
4Villanova (9)23-21,5181
5Purdue23-41,2693
6Cincinnati23-21,3596
7Gonzaga23-41,06312
8Auburn22-31,0258
9Texas Tech21-41,2587
10Duke20-59429
11Ohio State22-51,09414
12Clemson20-494516
13North Carolina19-776321
14Tennessee18-658015
15Kansas19-681610
16Rhode Island20-366618
17Texas A&M17-8241-
18Saint Mary's (Cal.)24-368311
19Arizona20-659413
20Florida17-848-
21Wichita State19-549522
22Michigan20-723920
23West Virginia18-733919
24New Mexico State22-366-
25Creighton18-744-

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, and hasn't missed a week since. 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 there was only a Top 10. 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. Only 12 schools have run the season at No. 1, the last being Duke in 1991-92. The record for consecutive weeks at No. 1 is 46 by UCLA from Feb. 9, 1971 through Jan. 15, 1974. Ohio State stands second in this category with a 27-week run from Dec. 1960 through March 13, 1962. UCLA has spent the most weeks at No. 1 with 134; Duke is second with 122. North Carolina, with 111, is the only other school with more than 100. The record for most schools to reach No. 1 in a season is seven in 1982-83, and the most consecutive weeks with a different No. 1 is seven in 1993-94. The AP's final poll is always released after the field for the NCAA tournament is selected. There are 23 schools that have been ranked No. 2 but have never been atop the poll. Maryland, with 23 weeks at No. 2, leads that list, which includes national champions UTEP and California. There has been a tie for No. 1 just once - Jan. 27, 1981, when Virginia and Oregon State finished as co-No. 1s.