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The AP Top 25 Poll

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Joey Knight

Tampa Bay Times

As Voted by Joey Knight

Tampa Bay Times
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Duke (11)15-21,5201
2Tennessee (48)16-11,5753
3Michigan17-11,3632
4Virginia (3)16-11,4514
5Gonzaga18-21,3745
6Michigan State (2)16-21,3556
7Nevada18-11,14310
8Kentucky14-31,08712
9Virginia Tech15-21,0079
10North Carolina14-489513
11Kansas15-31,0607
12Marquette16-386115
13Maryland16-375119
14Texas Tech15-37438
15Houston18-154421
16Iowa16-333223
17Buffalo17-174316
18Villanova14-445022
19Mississippi14-329118
20North Carolina State15-328217
21Mississippi State14-326624
22Louisville13-5230-
23Auburn13-462714
24Purdue12-6111-
25Iowa State14-4156-

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.