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Final AP Top 20

Writers' poll taken before tournament.

  Before TournsHead CoachFinal Record
1Indiana27–0Bobby Knight32–0
2Marquette25–1Al McGuire27–2
3UNLV28–1Jerry Tarkanian29–2
4Rutgers28–0Tom Young31–2
5UCLA24–3Gene Bartow28–4
6Alabama22–4C.M. Newton23–5
7Notre Dame22–5Digger Phelps23–6
8North Carolina25–3Dean Smith25–4
9Michigan21–6Johnny Orr25–7
10W. Michigan24–2Eldon Miller25–3
11Maryland22–6Lefty Driesellsame
12Cincinnati25–5Gale Catlett25–6
13Tennessee21–5Ray Mears21–6
14Missouri24–4Norm Stewart26–5
15Arizona22–8Fred Snowden24–9
16Texas Tech24–5Gerald Myers25–6
17DePaul19–8Ray Meyer20–9
18Virginia18–11Terry Holland18–12
19Centenary22–5Larry Littlesame
20Pepperdine21–5Gary Colson22–6
Note: Indiana won the NCAAs and unranked Kentucky (22–4, Joe B. Hall, 26–4) won the NIT.

1976 College Basketball RecapMajor Conference Champions