NCAA Men's Basketball

The AP Top 25 Poll

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Terry Toohey

Delaware County (Pa.) Daily Times
Terry Toohey

Terry Toohey has 30 years' experience in the newspaper business and also has hosted television and radio shows during that time. Terry has been the assistant sports editor at the Delaware County Daily Times in suburban Philadelphia for the last 16 years and became the Villanova beat writer for all sports, primarily basketball and football, at the start of the 1998-99 season. Prior to that Terry spent 15 years as the main high school writer for the Daily Times, covering football, boys basketball baseball and track. He also covered the Phillies (briefly), two World Series, one NBA Finals, numerous NCAA tournaments in a variety of sports, six Army-Navy games and the Penn Relays for the last 20 years.

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Michigan State (21)24-31,5274
2Virginia (30)23-21,5572
3Villanova (9)23-21,5181
4Xavier (5)23-31,4655
5Cincinnati23-21,3596
6Texas Tech21-41,2587
7Auburn22-31,0258
8Ohio State22-51,09414
9Purdue23-41,2693
10Clemson20-494516
11Gonzaga23-41,06312
12North Carolina19-776321
13Duke20-59429
14Kansas19-681610
15Saint Mary's (Cal.)24-368311
16Rhode Island20-366618
17Arizona20-659413
18Tennessee18-658015
19West Virginia18-733919
20Wichita State19-549522
21Texas A&M17-8241-
22Oklahoma16-815217
23Michigan20-723920
24Nevada21-58723
25New Mexico State22-366-

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.