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The AP Top 25 Poll

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Dave Matter

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

As Voted by Dave Matter

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
(###) 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
7Virginia Tech14-11,0919
8Kansas14-21,1887
9Texas Tech15-11,1578
10Nevada16-11,01510
11Florida State13-391813
12Marquette14-366821
13Mississippi13-2501-
14Kentucky12-379018
15North Carolina12-467812
16North Carolina State14-258615
17Auburn12-366911
18Buffalo15-162519
19Houston16-138717
20Maryland14-3412-
21Villanova13-4300-
22Iowa14-3172-
23Nebraska12-436-
24Oklahoma13-339423
25Wisconsin11-531-

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.