The Daily Reflector

The AP Top 25 Poll

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Dave Matter

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

As Voted by Dave Matter

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Tennessee (48)16-11,5753
2Duke (11)15-21,5201
3Virginia (3)16-11,4514
4Gonzaga18-21,3745
5Michigan17-11,3632
6Michigan State (2)16-21,3556
7Virginia Tech15-21,0079
8Nevada18-11,14310
9North Carolina14-489513
10Marquette16-386115
11Maryland16-375119
12Kentucky14-31,08712
13Kansas15-31,0607
14Texas Tech15-37438
15Auburn13-462714
16Nebraska13-566-
17Buffalo17-174316
18Houston18-154421
19LSU14-3154-
20Mississippi14-329118
21Mississippi State14-326624
22Villanova14-445022
23North Carolina State15-328217
24Iowa16-333223
25Purdue12-6111-

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.