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January 4, 2021 AP Men's Basketball Poll

Rank Team (FPV) Conference Record Points Coaches
1 < 1 Gonzaga (63) West Coast 10-0 1599 *1
2 < 2 Baylor (1) Big 12 9-0 1537 *2
3 < 4 Villanova Big East 8-1 1453 3
4 < 8 Texas Big 12 8-1 1415 4
5 < 10 Iowa Big Ten 9-2 1298 7
6 < 3 Kansas Big 12 8-2 1224 6
7 < 11 Creighton Big East 8-2 1140 5
8 < 6 Wisconsin Big Ten 9-2 1085 10
9 < 7 Tennessee SEC 7-1 1076 8
10 < 16 Michigan Big Ten 9-0 1039 9
11 < 5 Houston American 8-1 977 11
12 < 15 Illinois Big Ten 8-3 878 12
13 < 12 Missouri SEC 7-1 747 13
14 < 9 West Virginia Big 12 8-3 706 16
15 < 14 Rutgers Big Ten 7-2 703 14
16 < 21 Minnesota Big Ten 10-2 559 17
17 < 21 Oregon Pac-12 8-1 545 15
18 < 13 Texas Tech Big 12 8-3 445 19
19 < NR Clemson ACC 8-1 411 18
19 < 24 Virginia Tech ACC 8-1 411 20
21 < 20 Duke ACC 3-2 280 24
22 < 23 Virginia ACC 5-2 258 21
23 < 17 Michigan State Big Ten 7-3 133 RV
23 < NR Saint Louis Atlantic 10 7-1 133 23
25 < 18 Florida State ACC 5-2 120 22
RV < NR Florida SEC 110 RV
RV < NR Louisville ACC 103 25
RV < 25 Ohio State Big Ten 96 RV
RV < 19 Northwestern Big Ten 86 RV
RV < NR Oklahoma State Big 12 68 RV
RV < NR Arizona Pac-12 25 NR
RV < NR Colorado Pac-12 19 RV
RV < NR BYU West Coast 18 NR
RV < NR Drake Missouri Valley 17 RV
RV < NR NC State ACC 16 RV
RV < NR Oklahoma Big 12 15 RV
RV < NR Arkansas SEC 14 RV
RV < NR Seton Hall Big East 11 RV
RV < NR UCLA Pac-12 6 RV
RV < NR Xavier Big East 5 RV
RV < NR Connecticut American 4 RV
RV < NR San Diego State Mountain West 4 RV
RV < NR Boise State Mountain West 3 RV
RV < NR LSU SEC 3 NR
RV < NR Alabama SEC 2 RV
RV < NR Indiana Big Ten 2 NR
RV < NR Syracuse ACC 1 NR
NR < NR Colorado State Mountain West 0 RV
NR < NR Loyola Chicago Missouri Valley 0 RV
NR < NR Saint Mary's West Coast 0 RV
NR < NR SMU American 0 RV
NR < NR Tulsa American 0 RV
NR < NR USC Pac-12 0 RV
CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN
Conference Teams Avg Rank Total Points
Big Ten 7 12.7 5695
Big 12 5 8.8 5327
ACC 5 21.2 1480
Big East 2 5.0 2593
SEC 2 11.0 1823
West Coast 1 1.0 1599
American 1 11.0 977
Pac-12 1 17.0 545
Atlantic 10 1 23.0 133

MILESTONES
Last Appearances:
- Texas makes first appearance in the Top 5 since the 2/21/2011 poll (184 polls)
- Michigan makes first appearance in the Top 10 since the 12/9/2019 poll (20 polls)
- Saint Louis makes first appearance in the Top 25 since the final 2014 poll (122 polls)

Weekly Streaks:
- Duke's Top 25 streak reaches 90
- Illinois' Top 25 streak reaches 10
- Ohio State's Top 25 streak ends at 11
- Villanova's Top 25 streak reaches 30
- Virginia's Top 25 streak reaches 10
- Wisconsin's Top 25 streak reaches 10

Total Appearances:
- Duke reaches 840 appearances (#3)
- Houston ties Wichita State for #52
- Illinois reaches 460 appearances (#11)
- Saint Louis ties Arizona State for #73
- Texas reaches 260 appearances (#37)
- Texas Tech ties Duquesne for #80
- Villanova reaches 410 appearances (#16)

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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