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The AP Top 25 Poll

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John Feinstein

Washington Post

John Feinstein is the bestselling author of Living on the Black, Tales from Q School, Last Dance, Next Man Up, Let Me Tell You a Story (with Red Auerbach), Caddy for Life, Open, The Punch, The Last Amateurs, The Majors, A March to Madness, A Civil War, A Good Walk Spoiled, A Season on the Brink, Play Ball, Hard Courts, and 11 sports mystery novels for young readers. His most recent books are, The Legends Club--Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Valvano and The Story of an Epic College Basketball Rivalry, and, The First Major - The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup. He writes for The Washington Post, Washingtonpost.com, and Golf Digest.

As Voted by John Feinstein

Washington Post
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Gonzaga (43)8-01,5781
2Kansas (19)6-01,5392
3Virginia (1)7-01,3674
4Tennessee6-11,2386
5Duke (1)7-11,4633
6Michigan8-01,3397
7Nevada8-01,3005
8Florida State6-187115
9Auburn6-11,1548
10Buffalo7-051521
11Kentucky7-11,07010
12Michigan State6-29159
13Wisconsin7-180922
14Arizona State7-0384-
15Kansas State6-162912
16Iowa6-141714
17North Carolina6-278211
18Texas Tech7-078320
19Virginia Tech6-167513
20Furman8-0101-
21Villanova6-235623
22Marquette6-247-
23Mississippi State6-124325
24Creighton6-242-
25Radford6-19-

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.