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By JIM O’CONNELL, AP Basketball Writer

Ohio State, Kansas and Duke were the only teams ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll this season, and they were among nine teams in the Top 25 from start to finish.

Ohio State (32-2), the overall No. 1 seed for the NCAA tournament, led the poll for the third straight week and eighth
overall. The Big Ten regular-season and tournament champions received 51 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Monday.

Kansas (32-2) was No. 1 for one week this season. The Jayhawks, which won both Big 12 titles, drew the other 14 first-place votes and were second for the third straight week.

Duke (30-4) spent the most time at No. 1 this season. The Blue Devils, who won the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, were first in the preseason poll and for 10 weeks during the season.

They jumped from fifth, their lowest ranking of the season, to third in the final poll

Pittsburgh, the Big East regular-season champion, dropped from third to fourth in the final poll. Notre Dame, San Diego State,

North Carolina, Texas, Connecticut and BYU rounded out the top 10.

Kentucky was No. 11, followed by Syracuse, Purdue, Louisville, Florida, Wisconsin, Arizona, St. John’s, Utah State and Xavier. The last five ranked teams were Kansas State, West Virginia, Washington, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.

Washington, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt all returned to the poll this week, replacing Georgetown, Temple and Cincinnati.

Nine teams were ranked in every poll this season _ Duke, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Kansas, Syracuse, Kentucky, Purdue, BYU and San Diego State _ while Georgetown missed by one point of joining the group.

The Hoyas were ranked in every poll except the last and they were 26th in that one, one point behind No. 25 Vanderbilt.

Duke has the longest run of consecutive appearances, having been in every poll since the preseason Top 25 of 2007-08. Purdue has the second-longest streak, starting with the final seven polls of 2007-08.

There were three one-week wonders this season: Georgia (No. 24), Saint Mary’s (No. 22) and Florida State (No. 22) were all ranked for just one poll. Virginia Tech, the object of much discussion after being left out of the NCAA tournament’s field of 68, was ranked in the preseason poll (No. 21) and for the first voting of the regular season (22).

Forty-four teams from 12 conferences were ranked this season.

The Big East had 10 of its 16 members ranked during the season and tied its own record with nine teams in the same poll twice. The Big East had nine teams ranked for one week in January 2009 as well.

The Big Ten and Big 12 both had six teams ranked at some point this season, while the Southeastern Conference had five and the Atlantic Coast Conference four. The Mountain West had three teams in the Top 25, the West Coast Conference, Pac-10, Conference USA and Atlantic 10 had two and the Horizon League and Western Athletic Conference one each.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

The Final Top Twenty Five
By The Associated Press
The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ final 2010-11 college
basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records
through March 13, total points based on 25 points for a first-place
vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s
ranking:<
^                        Record   Pts Pvs
1. Ohio St. (51)         32-2  1,611   1
2. Kansas (14)           32-2  1,574   2
3. Duke                  30-4  1,472   5
4. Pittsburgh            27-5  1,406   3
5. Notre Dame            26-6  1,332   4
6. San Diego St.         32-2  1,322   7
7. North Carolina        26-7  1,189   6
8. Texas                 27-7  1,069  10
9. Connecticut           26-9  1,019  21
10. BYU                   30-4    977   8
11. Kentucky              25-8    928  15
12. Syracuse              26-7    922  11
13. Purdue                25-7    903   9
14. Louisville            25-9    874  14
15. Florida               26-7    840  12
16. Wisconsin             23-8    619  13
17. Arizona               27-7    516  16
18. St. John’s            21-11   433  17
19. Utah St.              30-3    333  23
20. Xavier                24-7    270  18
21. Kansas St.            22-10   240  19
22. West Virginia         20-11   178  20
23. Washington            23-10   176   _
24. Texas A&M             24-8    152   _
25. Vanderbilt            23-10   130   _

Others receiving votes: Georgetown 129, Temple 124, Cincinnati 115, Old Dominion 65, Richmond 47, UNLV 38, Gonzaga 30, Butler 18, Villanova 17, Belmont 13, Missouri 13, George Mason 10, Memphis 7, Clemson 4, Colorado 3, Marquette 3, UCLA 3, Long Island U. 1.

Ballots Online: http://tinyurl.com/cfbse4

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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