What Qualifies to Be Included in the NCAA Top 25?


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College basketball teams are voted into the weekly Associated Press and USA Today Top 25 college basketball polls based on their season performance to-date. The AP Poll used the votes of sportswriters, while the USA Today Coaches Poll is determined by a panel of current Division I coaches.

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The AP poll uses the judgement of 64 sportswriters and broadcasters from all across the country. USA Today rankings are determined in cooperation with the National Association of Basketball Coaches, with one member representing each of the 32 conferences receiving automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament. Members of each panel submit their Top 25 rankings, with 25 points for a first-place vote, 24 for second and so on. Teams are then arranged in order based on the total number of points received by pollsters to complete the Top 25.

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