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AP preseason basketball polls to be released beginning Oct. 22

Purdue's Carsen Edwards drives to the basket past Texas Tech's Zach Smith (11) and Jarrett Culver (23) during the second half of an NCAA men's college basketball tournament regional semifinal, Friday, March 23, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Carsen Edwards, Jarrett Culver, Zach Smith

The preseason AP Top 25 polls for men’s and women’s college basketball, the longest-running polls of their kind, will be released the weeks of Oct. 22 and 29.

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Purdue’s Carsen Edwards, a third team AP All-American last season and candidate for this year’s preseason team, drives to the basket during the second half of an NCAA men’s college basketball tournament regional semifinal, March 23, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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Last year’s NCAA college basketball champions Villanova, expected to be ranked high in the 2018 AP Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll, celebrate after beating Michigan in San Antonio, April 2, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The next men’s preseason poll will be revealed at 12 noon ET on Monday, Oct. 22, while the men’s all-America team — a tradition dating back to 1948 — will be released the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 23. The women’s preseason poll will come out at 9 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 31, with the women’s all-America team to be unveiled at 12 noon ET on Thursday, Nov. 1.

All will be released on AP lines to customers, as well as posted on AP’s college basketball Digital News Experience,, and the AP News app, along with analysis and additional coverage.

The Associated Press has released a men’s preseason poll every year since 1962 and a women’s poll since 1977, which also was the first AP women’s basketball poll. The first AP men’s basketball poll was on Jan. 20, 1949, and since then one has been released every week of every regular season.

“For generations, the AP Top 25 polls have been used to measure a team’s success throughout the season and we look forward to continuing that tradition into the 70th season for the men’s poll,” said Barry Bedlan, AP’s director of sports products. “Our panel of independent voters who expertly cover the sport provide a collective perspective that’s unique to both men’s and women’s basketball.”

More than 60 sports writers and broadcasters of AP-affiliated media from around the country help determine the teams that appear in the polls. All voters have extensive backgrounds in covering college basketball. The team rankings are decided by a points system based on how each voter ranks college basketball’s best teams. A team receives 25 points for each first place vote, 24 for second place and so on through to the 25th team, which receives one point. The rankings are set by listing the teams’ point totals from highest to lowest.

The mathematical formula is the same as the one used for the AP Top 25 college football poll and the AP Pro 32 rankings for NFL teams.

AP customers can leverage the popularity of the AP polls to grow digital traffic and new revenue through AP’s locally branded College Basketball Digital News Experience. Follow the poll and related sports coverage on Facebook and Twitter.


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Lauren Easton
Director of Media Relations
The Associated Press

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Barry Bedlan
Director of Sports Products
The Associated Press

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