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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
1Virginia (65)31-21,6251
2Villanova30-41,5542
3Xavier28-51,3833
4Kansas27-71,3799
5Michigan28-71,2137
6Michigan State29-41,3044
7Cincinnati30-41,2308
8North Carolina25-101,10012
9Duke26-71,1795
10Arizona27-791815
11Gonzaga30-41,1996
12Purdue28-61,04710
13Kentucky24-10528-
14Tennessee25-877113
15West Virginia24-1066318
16Auburn25-750116
17Texas Tech24-971614
18Wichita State25-760411
19Ohio State24-860017
20Clemson23-943919
21Houston26-743021
22Miami (FL)22-913424
23Loyola (IL)28-568-
24Florida20-1210223
25Arkansas23-1169-

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.