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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Duke (36)14-11,5581
2Michigan (9)17-01,4972
3Virginia (6)15-01,4734
4Tennessee (13)14-11,4823
5Michigan State15-21,2926
6Gonzaga16-21,3155
7Texas Tech15-11,1578
8Kansas14-21,1887
9Virginia Tech14-11,0919
10Kentucky12-379018
11Nevada16-11,01510
12Florida State13-391813
13Buffalo15-162519
14Marquette14-366821
15Auburn12-366911
16North Carolina12-467812
17North Carolina State14-258615
18Oklahoma13-339423
19Villanova13-4300-
20Maryland14-3412-
21Nebraska12-436-
22Houston16-138717
23Wisconsin11-531-
24Iowa14-3172-
25Louisville11-5112-

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.