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March 8, 2021 AP Men's Basketball Poll

Rank Team (FPV) Conference Record Points Coaches
1 < 1 Gonzaga (61) West Coast 24-0 1573 *1
2 < 3 Baylor (2) Big 12 21-1 1510 2
3 < 4 Illinois Big Ten 20-6 1438 3
4 < 2 Michigan Big Ten 19-3 1382 4
5 < 5 Iowa Big Ten 20-7 1314 6
6 < 8 Alabama SEC 21-6 1239 5
7 < 9 Houston American 21-3 1173 7
8 < 12 Arkansas SEC 21-5 1046 8
9 < 7 Ohio State Big Ten 18-8 1032 10
10 < 6 West Virginia Big 12 18-8 919 9
11 < 13 Kansas Big 12 19-8 873 12
12 < 17 Oklahoma State Big 12 18-7 851 14
13 < 15 Texas Big 12 17-7 802 16
14 < 10 Villanova Big East 16-5 729 11
15 < 11 Florida State ACC 15-5 687 13
16 < 21 Virginia ACC 17-6 531 15
17 < 14 Creighton Big East 18-7 510 17
18 < 20 Loyola Chicago Missouri Valley 24-4 488 18
19 < 19 San Diego State Mountain West 20-4 462 19
20 < 23 Purdue Big Ten 18-8 389 19
20 < 18 Texas Tech Big 12 17-9 389 22
22 < 22 Virginia Tech ACC 15-5 266 21
23 < 24 Colorado Pac-12 20-7 209 RV
24 < NR USC Pac-12 21-6 175 23
25 < 16 Oklahoma Big 12 14-9 172 24
RV < NR BYU West Coast 93 RV
RV < NR Oregon Pac-12 67 25
RV < NR Connecticut American 53 RV
RV < NR Clemson ACC 25 RV
RV < 25 Wisconsin Big Ten 24 RV
RV < NR Tennessee SEC 14 RV
RV < NR Wichita State American 13 RV
RV < NR St. Bonaventure Atlantic 10 11 RV
RV < NR Winthrop Big South 7 RV
RV < NR VCU Atlantic 10 4 NR
RV < NR LSU SEC 2 NR
RV < NR Michigan State Big Ten 1 RV
RV < NR San Diego West Coast 1 NR
RV < NR UC Santa Barbara Big West 1 NR
NR < NR Colorado State Mountain West 0 RV
NR < NR Drake Missouri Valley 0 RV
NR < NR Florida SEC 0 RV
NR < NR North Carolina ACC 0 RV
NR < NR Toledo MAC 0 RV
NR < NR UCLA Pac-12 0 RV
CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN
Conference Teams Avg Rank Total Points
Big 12 7 13.3 5516
Big Ten 5 8.2 5555
ACC 3 17.7 1484
SEC 2 7.0 2285
Big East 2 15.5 1239
Pac-12 2 23.5 384
West Coast 1 1.0 1573
American 1 7.0 1173
Missouri Valley 1 18.0 488
Mountain West 1 19.0 462

MILESTONES
Last Appearances:
- Arkansas makes first appearance in the Top 10 since the final 1995 poll (490 polls)

Weekly Streaks:
- Baylor's Top 10 streak reaches 30
- Gonzaga's Top 5 streak reaches 30
- Michigan's Top 10 streak reaches 10
- Villanova's Top 10 streak ends at 13
- Wisconsin's Top 25 streak ends at 18

Total Appearances:
- Arkansas reaches 270 appearances (#36)
- Creighton ties Western Kentucky for #75
- Gonzaga ties St. John's for #31
- Houston reaches 170 appearances (#51)
- Kansas reaches 800 appearances (#4)
- Michigan ties Maryland for #13
- Texas Tech reaches 100 appearances (#79)

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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