AP preseason basketball polls to be released Nov. 2-3
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 week of Nov. 2.
The men's preseason poll will be revealed at 1:30 p.m. ET on Monday, Nov. 2, while the women’s poll will come out the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 3. The preseason AP all-America men's team will be announced Nov. 9, and the women’s team on Nov. 10.
All will be released by AP to its customers and posted on AP’s college basketball site, collegebasketball.ap.org, and the AP Mobile app, along with analysis and other coverage.
The Associated Press has released a men’s preseason poll every year since 1962 and a women’s poll since 1977. 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.
"The AP Top 25 anchors the conversation throughout every season and helps set the stage for the national championship tournaments," said Barry Bedlan, AP's sports products manager. "The polls provide the historical context that makes the title runs, upsets and many other storylines of each season that much more compelling for all fans of college basketball."
An expert panel of more than 60 sports writers and broadcasters of AP-affiliated media from around the country determines the teams that appear in the polls. All voters have an extensive background 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.
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