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2021 Final AP Men's Basketball Poll

Rank Team (FPV) Conference Record Points Coaches
1 < 1 Gonzaga (60) West Coast 26-0 1500 *1
2 < 3 Illinois Big Ten 23-6 1415 2
3 < 2 Baylor Big 12 22-2 1397 3
4 < 4 Michigan Big Ten 20-4 1280 4
5 < 6 Alabama SEC 24-6 1242 5
6 < 7 Houston American 24-3 1145 6
7 < 9 Ohio State Big Ten 21-9 1138 7
8 < 5 Iowa Big Ten 21-8 1132 8
9 < 13 Texas Big 12 19-7 993 9
10 < 8 Arkansas SEC 22-6 895 10
11 < 12 Oklahoma State Big 12 20-8 891 12
12 < 11 Kansas Big 12 20-8 803 11
13 < 10 West Virginia Big 12 18-9 745 13
14 < 15 Florida State ACC 16-6 651 14
15 < 16 Virginia ACC 18-6 584 15
16 < 19 San Diego State Mountain West 23-4 521 18
17 < 18 Loyola Chicago Missouri Valley 24-4 513 16
18 < 14 Villanova Big East 16-6 490 17
19 < 17 Creighton Big East 20-8 411 19
20 < 20 Purdue Big Ten 18-9 382 20
21 < 20 Texas Tech Big 12 17-10 271 21
22 < 23 Colorado Pac-12 22-8 243 22
23 < NR BYU West Coast 20-6 125 RV
23 < 24 USC Pac-12 22-7 125 23
25 < 22 Virginia Tech ACC 15-6 118 24
RV < NR Georgia Tech ACC 103 RV
RV < NR Tennessee SEC 72 RV
RV < NR St. Bonaventure Atlantic 10 71 RV
RV < NR Connecticut American 62 RV
RV < NR LSU SEC 54 RV
RV < 25 Oklahoma Big 12 40 RV
RV < NR Oregon Pac-12 40 25
RV < NR Wisconsin Big Ten 26 NR
RV < NR Winthrop Big South 10 RV
RV < NR Clemson ACC 5 RV
RV < NR Cleveland State Horizon 2 NR
RV < NR Missouri SEC 2 RV
RV < NR UC Santa Barbara Big West 2 RV
RV < NR Georgetown Big East 1 RV
NR < NR Drake Missouri Valley 0 RV
NR < NR North Texas Conference USA 0 RV
NR < NR UCLA Pac-12 0 RV
NR < NR Wichita State American 0 RV
CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN
Conference Teams Avg Rank Total Points
Big 12 6 11.5 5100
Big Ten 5 8.2 5347
ACC 3 18.0 1353
SEC 2 7.5 2137
West Coast 2 12.0 1625
Big East 2 18.5 901
Pac-12 2 22.5 368
American 1 6.0 1145
Mountain West 1 16.0 521
Missouri Valley 1 17.0 513

MILESTONES
Last Appearances:
- Alabama makes first appearance in the Top 5 since the 12/4/2006 poll (282 polls)
- BYU makes first appearance in the Top 25 since the final 2020 poll (16 polls)

Weekly Streaks:
- Illinois' Top 25 streak reaches 20
- Ohio State's Top 25 streak reaches 10
- Villanova's Top 25 streak reaches 40
- Virginia's Top 25 streak reaches 20

Appearances in the Final Poll:
- Iowa reaches 20 appearances and ties Georgetown for #21
- San Diego State reaches 5 appearances and ties nine others for #89
- USC reaches 10 appearances and ties four others for #54
- Virginia reaches 15 appearances and ties two others for #35
- Villanova reaches 25 appearances and ties three others for #11

Total Appearances:
- Baylor ties DePaul for #56
- BYU ties Butler for #63
- Creighton ties Arizona State for #74
- Gonzaga ties Florida for #30
- Illinois reaches 470 appearances (#11)
- Purdue ties Oklahoma for #21
- San Diego State ties Massachusetts for #83
- Texas reaches 270 appearances (#37)
- Villanova reaches 420 appearances (#16)

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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