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The AP Top 25 Poll

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Edgar Thompson

Orlando Sentinel

As Voted by Edgar Thompson

Orlando Sentinel
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Duke (11)15-21,5201
2Virginia (3)16-11,4514
3Tennessee (48)16-11,5753
4Gonzaga18-21,3745
5Michigan17-11,3632
6Michigan State (2)16-21,3556
7Kentucky14-31,08712
8Nevada18-11,14310
9Kansas15-31,0607
10Marquette16-386115
11Auburn13-462714
12North Carolina14-489513
13Maryland16-375119
14Virginia Tech15-21,0079
15Buffalo17-174316
16Kansas State14-491-
17Texas Tech15-37438
18Iowa16-333223
19LSU14-3154-
20Villanova14-445022
21Iowa State14-4156-
22Houston18-154421
23North Carolina State15-328217
24Syracuse13-513-
25Florida State13-513911

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.