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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Kansas (56)9-01,5861
2Duke (5)9-11,4882
3Michigan (1)11-01,4425
4Tennessee (2)8-11,4643
5Virginia (1)9-01,4006
7Michigan State9-21,0709
8Texas Tech10-091211
9North Carolina8-21,12612
10Florida State8-194910
13Ohio State9-164715
14Virginia Tech9-183813
17Mississippi State9-152918
24St. John's10-059-
25Arizona State8-141520

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.