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The AP Top 25 Poll

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Sheldon Mickles

As Voted by Sheldon Mickles

(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Gonzaga (43)8-01,5781
2Kansas (19)6-01,5392
3Duke (1)7-11,4633
4Virginia (1)7-01,3674
5Nevada8-01,3005
6Tennessee6-11,2386
7Michigan8-01,3397
8Auburn6-11,1548
9Kentucky7-11,07010
10Florida State6-187115
11Michigan State6-29159
12North Carolina6-278211
13Texas Tech7-078320
14Wisconsin7-180922
15Kansas State6-162912
16Virginia Tech6-167513
17Iowa6-141714
18Buffalo7-051521
19Ohio State7-138516
20Villanova6-235623
21Mississippi State6-124325
22Arizona State7-0384-
23Purdue5-310019
24Nebraska7-1176-
25Maryland7-120424

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.