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The AP Top 25 Poll

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Joey Knight

Tampa Bay Times

As Voted by Joey Knight

Tampa Bay Times
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Duke (36)14-11,5581
2Michigan (9)17-01,4972
3Tennessee (13)14-11,4823
4Virginia (6)15-01,4734
5Gonzaga16-21,3155
6Texas Tech15-11,1578
7Kansas14-21,1887
8Michigan State15-21,2926
9Virginia Tech14-11,0919
10Nevada16-11,01510
11Florida State13-391813
12North Carolina12-467812
13Kentucky12-379018
14Marquette14-366821
15Houston16-138717
16Iowa14-3172-
17Mississippi13-2501-
18Buffalo15-162519
19North Carolina State14-258615
20Maryland14-3412-
21Auburn12-366911
22Oklahoma13-339423
23Villanova13-4300-
24UCF13-217-
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.