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The AP Top 25 Poll

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Elton Alexander

The Plain Dealer, Cleveland

As Voted by Elton Alexander

The Plain Dealer, Cleveland
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Tennessee (48)16-11,5753
2Gonzaga18-21,3745
3Michigan17-11,3632
4Duke (11)15-21,5201
5Virginia (3)16-11,4514
6Michigan State (2)16-21,3556
7Nevada18-11,14310
8Kentucky14-31,08712
9North Carolina14-489513
10Marquette16-386115
11Buffalo17-174316
12Kansas15-31,0607
13Texas Tech15-37438
14Maryland16-375119
15Houston18-154421
16Villanova14-445022
17Iowa16-333223
18Mississippi State14-326624
19Virginia Tech15-21,0079
20Florida State13-513911
21Auburn13-462714
22North Carolina State15-328217
23Mississippi14-329118
24Louisville13-5230-
25Murray State15-29-

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.