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2021 Preseason AP Men's Basketball Poll

Rank Team (FPV) Conference Record Points
1 < 2 Gonzaga (28) West Coast 0-0 1541
2 < 5 Baylor (24) Big 12 0-0 1540
3 < 10 Villanova (11) Big East 0-0 1501
4 < 16 Virginia (1) ACC 0-0 1364
5 < 25 Iowa Big Ten 0-0 1273
6 < 1 Kansas Big 12 0-0 1221
7 < 17 Wisconsin Big Ten 0-0 1150
8 < 21 Illinois Big Ten 0-0 1105
9 < 11 Duke ACC 0-0 1073
10 < 8 Kentucky SEC 0-0 1038
11 < 7 Creighton Big East 0-0 922
12 < NR Tennessee SEC 0-0 919
13 < 9 Michigan State Big Ten 0-0 820
14 < NR Texas Tech Big 12 0-0 790
15 < 24 West Virginia Big 12 0-0 651
16 < NR North Carolina ACC 0-0 465
17 < 22 Houston American 0-0 438
18 < NR Arizona State Pac-12 0-0 402
19 < NR Texas Big 12 0-0 380
20 < 13 Oregon Pac-12 0-0 375
21 < 4 Florida State ACC 0-0 351
22 < NR UCLA Pac-12 0-0 336
23 < 19 Ohio State Big Ten 0-0 270
24 < NR Rutgers Big Ten 0-0 190
25 < NR Michigan Big Ten 0-0 160
RV < NR LSU SEC 0-0 146
RV < NR Florida SEC 0-0 69
RV < NR Memphis American 0-0 69
RV < NR Alabama SEC 0-0 50
RV < NR Indiana Big Ten 0-0 48
RV < 14 Louisville ACC 0-0 41
RV < NR Richmond Atlantic 10 0-0 40
RV < NR Stanford Pac-12 0-0 14
RV < NR Providence Big East 0-0 9
RV < 20 Auburn SEC 0-0 8
RV < NR Saint Louis Atlantic 10 0-0 8
RV < NR Connecticut American 0-0 6
RV < 6 San Diego State Mountain West 0-0 6
RV < 18 BYU West Coast 0-0 4
RV < NR Loyola Chicago Missouri Valley 0-0 3
RV < 15 Seton Hall Big East 0-0 2
RV < NR Northern Iowa Missouri Valley 0-0 1
RV < NR UNC Greensboro Southern 0-0 1
NR < 23 Butler Big East 0-0 0
NR < 3 Dayton Atlantic 10 0-0 0
NR < 12 Maryland Big Ten 0-0 0
CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN
Conference Teams Avg Rank Total Points
Big Ten 7 15.0 4968
Big 12 5 11.2 4582
ACC 4 12.5 3253
Pac-12 3 20.0 1113
Big East 2 7.0 2423
SEC 2 11.0 1957
West Coast 1 1.0 1541
American 1 17.0 438

MILESTONES
Last Appearances:
- Arizona State makes first appearance in the Top 25 since the 12/24/2018 poll (32 polls)
- Illinois makes first appearance in the Top 10 since the 12/17/2012 poll (149 polls)
- Iowa makes first appearance in the Top 5 since the 2/15/2016 poll (82 polls), in the Top 10 since the 2/22/2016 poll (83 polls)
- North Carolina makes first appearance in the Top 25 since the 12/9/2019 poll (14 polls)
- Tennessee makes first appearance in the Top 25 since the 12/16/2019 poll (13 polls)
- Texas makes first appearance in the Top 25 since the 11/18/2019 poll (17 polls)
- UCLA makes first appearance in the Top 25 since the 11/19/2018 poll (37 polls)
- Villanova makes first appearance in the Top 5 since the final 2018 poll (40 polls)
- Virginia makes first appearance in the Top 5 since the 12/2/2019 poll (15 polls), in the Top 10 since the 12/16/2019 poll (13 polls)
- Wisconsin makes first appearance in the Top 10 since the 2/6/2017 poll (64 polls)

Weekly Streaks:
- Auburn's Top 25 streak ends at 22
- Dayton's Top 25 streak ends at 16
- Florida State's Top 10 streak ends at 11
- Houston's Top 25 streak reaches 10
- Iowa's Top 25 streak reaches 10
- Louisville's Top 25 streak ends at 20
- Maryland's Top 25 streak ends at 20
- San Diego State's Top 10 streak ends at 11, Top 25 streak ends at 15
- Seton Hall's Top 25 streak ends at 10

Total Appearances:
- Arizona State reaches 110 appearances and ties Boston College for #75
- Baylor reaches 140 appearances (#61)
- Michigan State 470 appearances (#10)

Total Appearances - Preseason:
- Arizona State reaches 5 appearances (#69)
- Duke reaches 45 appearances (#3)
- Iowa reaches 15 appearances (#31)
- Tennessee reaches 15 appearances (#31)
- UCLA reaches 45 appearances (#3)

Notes

  • First-place votes, W-L records, and total points are not available prior to 2001-02. If you have some of this data from a verifiable source, please contact me.
  • Regular-season polls from 1949-60 had 20 teams, from 1961-68 had 10 teams (except in December 1960 and the 1964-65 preseason polls), and 1990-present had 25 teams.
  • Preseason polls started in the 1961-62 season, and there were post-tournament polls in 1953, 1954, 1974, and 1975.
  • All poll dates fall on Mondays with a few exceptions. See explanation here.

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