NCAA Men's Basketball

The AP Top 25 Poll

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Elton Alexander

The Plain Dealer, Cleveland

As Voted by Elton Alexander

The Plain Dealer, Cleveland
(###) 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
5Cincinnati23-21,3596
6Texas Tech21-41,2587
7Ohio State22-51,09414
8Purdue23-41,2693
9Arizona20-659413
10Gonzaga23-41,06312
11Clemson20-494516
12Rhode Island20-366618
13Saint Mary's (Cal.)24-368311
14Duke20-59429
15Kansas19-681610
16Auburn22-31,0258
17Tennessee18-658015
18North Carolina19-776321
19Michigan20-723920
20West Virginia18-733919
21Wichita State19-549522
22Middle Tennessee20-526-
23Missouri17-814-
24Nevada21-58723
25Arizona State19-683-

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.