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The AP Top 25 Poll

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Graham Couch

Lansing State Journal

As Voted by Graham Couch

Lansing State Journal
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Villanova (63)16-11,6231
2Duke15-21,3197
3West Virginia15-21,3042
4Texas Tech15-21,2768
5Oklahoma14-21,3719
6Purdue (1)17-21,4115
7Wichita State15-21,2835
8Virginia (1)16-11,5273
9Kansas14-31,03212
10North Carolina14-466620
11Ohio State15-4276-
12Michigan15-4223-
13Arizona14-472317
14Michigan State16-31,0624
15Xavier16-392810
16Auburn16-152322
17Tennessee12-435824
18Arizona State14-363911
19Gonzaga16-382915
20Miami (FL)13-314318
21Cincinnati15-285814
22Seton Hall15-345513
23Florida State13-42523
24TCU13-419616
25Clemson15-244419

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.