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The AP Top 25 Poll

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Mark Cooper

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As Voted by Mark Cooper

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

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.