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The AP Top 25 Poll

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Mark Berman

The Roanoke (Va.) Times

Mark Berman covers Virginia Tech basketball for The Roanoke Times in Roanoke, Va. He is a Syracuse University graduate who grew up in Trumbull, Conn. He has been at The Roanoke Times since 1998. He covered James Madison for The Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg, Va., from 1989-98. His blog can be read at http://blogs.roanoke.com/courtside.

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As Voted by Mark Berman

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Kansas (57)8-01,5832
2Tennessee (1)7-11,4217
3Gonzaga (1)9-11,4121
4Duke (4)9-11,4543
5Nevada10-01,2836
6Virginia (1)9-01,3844
7Michigan (1)10-01,3985
8Auburn8-11,1518
9Buffalo9-066417
10Michigan State8-21,06610
11Texas Tech8-091413
12Furman10-018925
13Virginia Tech8-183315
14Villanova8-253221
15Florida State8-199111
16Marquette8-2281-
17Wisconsin8-259912
18Arizona State7-135120
19Syracuse7-2118-
20Ohio State8-162119
21North Carolina7-289014
22Iowa7-220818
23Indiana8-2118-
24Mississippi State8-144122
25Nebraska8-211524

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.