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The AP Top 25 Poll

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B.J. Rains

As Voted by B.J. Rains

(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Tennessee (13)14-11,4823
2Duke (36)14-11,5581
3Michigan (9)17-01,4972
4Virginia (6)15-01,4734
5Gonzaga16-21,3155
6Michigan State15-21,2926
7Texas Tech15-11,1578
8Virginia Tech14-11,0919
9Kansas14-21,1887
10Nevada16-11,01510
11Florida State13-391813
12Marquette14-366821
13Kentucky12-379018
14North Carolina State14-258615
15Mississippi13-2501-
16Auburn12-366911
17Buffalo15-162519
18Houston16-138717
19Louisville11-5112-
20North Carolina12-467812
21Oklahoma13-339423
22Maryland14-3412-
23Villanova13-4300-
24Indiana12-411622
25Iowa14-3172-

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.