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The AP Top 25 Poll

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Sheldon Mickles

As Voted by Sheldon Mickles

(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Kansas (56)9-01,5861
2Duke (5)9-11,4882
3Tennessee (2)8-11,4643
4Michigan (1)11-01,4425
5Virginia (1)9-01,4006
6Nevada11-01,3197
7Gonzaga9-21,1474
8Auburn9-11,1568
9Michigan State9-21,0709
10North Carolina8-21,12612
11Florida State8-194910
12Texas Tech10-091211
13Virginia Tech9-183813
14Wisconsin9-261916
15Buffalo10-068414
16Ohio State9-164715
17Kentucky8-237719
18Mississippi State9-152918
19Arizona State8-141520
20Marquette8-235021
21Iowa8-222422
22Furman12-020823
23Houston10-026624
24Kansas State7-29025
25Indiana9-222625

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.