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The AP Top 25 Poll

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Luke DeCock

The News & Observer

As Voted by Luke DeCock

The News & Observer
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Michigan State (2)16-21,3556
2Tennessee (48)16-11,5753
3Duke (11)15-21,5201
4Virginia (3)16-11,4514
5Michigan17-11,3632
6Gonzaga18-21,3745
7Nevada18-11,14310
8Kansas15-31,0607
9Virginia Tech15-21,0079
10Buffalo17-174316
11Maryland16-375119
12Marquette16-386115
13North Carolina14-489513
14Kentucky14-31,08712
15Auburn13-462714
16Houston18-154421
17Iowa16-333223
18Texas Tech15-37438
19Villanova14-445022
20North Carolina State15-328217
21Mississippi14-329118
22Purdue12-6111-
23Nebraska13-566-
24Mississippi State14-326624
25Wofford15-45-

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.