The AP Top 25 Poll

Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 8:40 am

 

ulitmate sportsPoll 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.
 
1 Arizona
Arizona (61)
Record: 17-0
PV Rank

1

Points

1,621

2 Syracuse
Record: 17-0
2
1,560
3 Wisconsin
Record: 16-0
4
1,482
4 Michigan State
Record: 15-1
5
1,442
5 Wichita State
Record: 17-0
6
1,300
6 Villanova
Record: 15-1
8
1,289
7 Florida
Record: 13-2
10
1,205
8 Iowa State
Record: 14-2
9
1,048
9 Oklahoma State
Record: 14-2
11
1,046
10 San Diego State
Record: 14-1
13
1,020
11 Ohio State
Record: 15-2
3
979
12 Baylor
Record: 13-2
7
952
13 Kentucky
Record: 12-3
14
912
14 Iowa
Record: 14-3
20
831
15 Kansas
Record: 12-4
18
686
16 Massachusetts
Record: 14-1
19
579
17 Memphis
24
536
18 Louisville
12
525
19 Cincinnati
26
405
20 Creighton
Record: 14-2
27
329
21 Colorado
Record: 14-3
15
328
22 Pittsburgh
Record: 15-1
30
299
23 Duke
Record: 13-4
16
193
24 Saint Louis
Record: 15-2
33
148
25 UCLA
Record: 13-3
28
103

Others receiving votes

Missouri 42, Oregon 39, UConn 35, Kansas St. 25, Gonzaga 17, Michigan 11, California 10, Virginia 6, Louisiana Tech 5, Harvard 3, Illinois 3, New Mexico 3, Xavier 3, George Washington 2

History of the Poll

The Associated Press college basketball poll started on Jan. 20, 1949, and hasn’t missed a week since. 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 there was only a Top 10. 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. Only 12 schools have run the season at No. 1, the last being Duke in 1991-92. The record for consecutive weeks at No. 1 is 46 by UCLA from Feb. 9, 1971 through Jan. 15, 1974. Ohio State stands second in this category with a 27-week run from Dec. 1960 through March 13, 1962. UCLA has spent the most weeks at No. 1 with 134; Duke is second with 122. North Carolina, with 111, is the only other school with more than 100. The record for most schools to reach No. 1 in a season is seven in 1982-83, and the most consecutive weeks with a different No. 1 is seven in 1993-94. The AP’s final poll is always released after the field for the NCAA tournament is selected. There are 23 schools that have been ranked No. 2 but have never been atop the poll. Maryland, with 23 weeks at No. 2, leads that list, which includes national champions UTEP, Villanova and California. There has been a tie for No. 1 just once – Jan. 27, 1981, when Virginia and Oregon State finished as co-No. 1s.

 

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