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The AP Top 25 Poll

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Jon Nyatawa

As Voted by Jon Nyatawa

(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Villanova (63)16-11,6231
2Virginia (1)16-11,5273
3Purdue (1)17-21,4115
4West Virginia15-21,3042
5Oklahoma14-21,3719
6Wichita State15-21,2835
7Texas Tech15-21,2768
8Michigan State16-31,0624
9Duke15-21,3197
10Xavier16-392810
11Kansas14-31,03212
12TCU13-419616
13North Carolina14-466620
14Seton Hall15-345513
15Auburn16-152322
16Cincinnati15-285814
17Gonzaga16-382915
18Tennessee12-435824
19Arizona State14-363911
20Kentucky14-348721
21Clemson15-244419
22Arizona14-472317
23Miami (FL)13-314318
24Ohio State15-4276-
25Creighton14-45625

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.