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The AP Top 25 Poll

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Scott Mansch

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Kansas (57)8-01,5832
2Duke (4)9-11,4543
3Virginia (1)9-01,3844
5Michigan (1)10-01,3985
6Tennessee (1)7-11,4217
7Gonzaga (1)9-11,4121
9Michigan State8-21,06610
10North Carolina7-289014
11Florida State8-199111
12Virginia Tech8-183315
14Mississippi State8-144122
15Ohio State8-162119
16Texas Tech8-091413
19Arizona State7-135120
24North Carolina State8-126-

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.