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The AP Top 25 Poll

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Bruce Pascoe

Arizona Daily Star

As Voted by Bruce Pascoe

Arizona Daily Star
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Tennessee (48)16-11,5753
2Michigan17-11,3632
3Duke (11)15-21,5201
4Virginia (3)16-11,4514
5Gonzaga18-21,3745
6Michigan State (2)16-21,3556
7Kansas15-31,0607
8Nevada18-11,14310
9North Carolina14-489513
10Kentucky14-31,08712
11Virginia Tech15-21,0079
12Texas Tech15-37438
13Auburn13-462714
14Marquette16-386115
15Buffalo17-174316
16Iowa16-333223
17Mississippi State14-326624
18Villanova14-445022
19Maryland16-375119
20Cincinnati16-36-
21North Carolina State15-328217
22Nebraska13-566-
23Iowa State14-4156-
24Houston18-154421
25Louisville13-5230-

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.