NCAA Men's Basketball

The AP Top 25 Poll

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Jason Butt

Macon Telegraph

As Voted by Jason Butt

Macon Telegraph
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Arizona State (5)10-01,4295
2Villanova (45)11-01,6021
3Michigan State (15)10-11,5602
4Miami (FL)9-01,3086
5Kentucky9-11,2318
6North Carolina10-11,3327
7West Virginia9-11,04011
8Xavier10-11,07310
9Duke11-11,3904
10TCU10-078914
11Texas A&M9-11,1569
12Oklahoma8-1691-
13Wichita State8-28513
14Virginia9-179616
15Gonzaga9-283112
16Tennessee7-230820
17Purdue11-270617
18Kansas8-279113
19Florida State9-116419
20Baylor9-239621
21Arizona8-339623
22Creighton8-2144-
23Texas Tech9-130824
24Cincinnati9-231425
25Seton Hall9-222315

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.