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Bob Holt

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock, Ark.

Bob Holt has covered University of Arkansas athletics for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 1981.

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock, Ark.
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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Kansas (19)6-01,5392
2Gonzaga (43)8-01,5781
3Duke (1)7-11,4633
4Tennessee6-11,2386
5Virginia (1)7-01,3674
6Nevada8-01,3005
7Michigan8-01,3397
8Auburn6-11,1548
9Kentucky7-11,07010
10Texas Tech7-078320
11Michigan State6-29159
12Florida State6-187115
13Wisconsin7-180922
14Virginia Tech6-167513
15Arizona State7-0384-
16Iowa6-141714
17Kansas State6-162912
18North Carolina6-278211
19Maryland7-120424
20Buffalo7-051521
21Villanova6-235623
22Mississippi State6-124325
23Nebraska7-1176-
24Purdue5-310019
25Creighton6-242-

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.