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The AP Top 25 Poll

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Drew Hill

Commercial Appeal

As Voted by Drew Hill

Commercial Appeal
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Duke (36)14-11,5581
2Tennessee (13)14-11,4823
3Michigan (9)17-01,4972
4Virginia (6)15-01,4734
5Kansas14-21,1887
6Gonzaga16-21,3155
7Michigan State15-21,2926
8Texas Tech15-11,1578
9Virginia Tech14-11,0919
10Florida State13-391813
11Nevada16-11,01510
12Oklahoma13-339423
13Mississippi13-2501-
14Auburn12-366911
15Maryland14-3412-
16Indiana12-411622
17Marquette14-366821
18North Carolina State14-258615
19Houston16-138717
20Buffalo15-162519
21Kentucky12-379018
22Louisville11-5112-
23North Carolina12-467812
24Villanova13-4300-
25Mississippi State12-315414

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.