NCAA Men's Basketball

The AP Top 25 Poll

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Elton Alexander

The Plain Dealer, Cleveland

As Voted by Elton Alexander

The Plain Dealer, Cleveland
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Michigan (9)17-01,4972
2Tennessee (13)14-11,4823
3Virginia (6)15-01,4734
4Duke (36)14-11,5581
5Gonzaga16-21,3155
6Michigan State15-21,2926
7Kansas14-21,1887
8Texas Tech15-11,1578
9Virginia Tech14-11,0919
10Nevada16-11,01510
11Kentucky12-379018
12Buffalo15-162519
13Auburn12-366911
14North Carolina12-467812
15Florida State13-391813
16Marquette14-366821
17North Carolina State14-258615
18Houston16-138717
19Villanova13-4300-
20Louisville11-5112-
21Maryland14-3412-
22Mississippi13-2501-
23Murray State13-29-
24Arizona13-48-
25TCU12-31225

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.