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Final Regular Season AP Men's Top 25 Poll

Taken before start of NCAA tournament.

The sportswriters & broadcasters poll: first place votes in parentheses; records through Monday, March 9, 1998; total points (based on 25 for 1st, 24 for 2nd, etc.); record in NCAA tourney and team lost to; head coach (career years and record including 1998 postseason), and preseason ranking. Teams in bold type went on to reach NCAA Final Four.

 Mar. 9
Record
PointsNCAA RecapHead CoachPreseason
Rank
1North Carolina (55)30-317344-1 (Utah)Bill Guthridge (1 yr: 34-4)4
2Kansas (13)34-316521-1 (Rhode Island)Roy Williams (10 yrs: 282-62)2
3Duke 29-316013-1 (Kentucky)Mike Krzyzewski (23 yrs: 505-212)3
4Arizona (2)27-415803-1 (Utah)Lute Olson (25 yrs: 565-205)1
5Kentucky29-414396-0Tubby Smith (7 yrs: 159-66)8
6Connecticut29-414293-1 (North Carolina)Jim Calhoun (26 yrs: 520-256)12
7Utah25-312165-1 (Kentucky)Rick Majerus (14 yrs: 309-111)16
8Princeton26-111941-1 (Michigan St.)Bill Carmody (2 yrs: 51-6)58
9Cincinnati 26-511291-1 (West Virginia)Bob Huggins (17 yrs: 387-149)28
10Stanford26-411144-1 (Kentucky)Mike Montgomery (20 yrs: 389-209)14
11Purdue26-710052-1 (Stanford)Gene Keady (20 yrs: 432-187)9
12Michigan24-89611-1 (UCLA)Brian Ellerbee (1 yr: 25-9)25
13Mississippi22-68800-1 (Valparaiso)Rob Evans (6 yrs: 86-81)23
14South Carolina 23-78590-1 (Richmond)Eddie Fogler (11 yrs: 227-144)7
15Texas Christian27-57840-1 (Florida St.)Billy Tubbs (24 yrs: 519-247)41t
16Michigan St.20-77172-1 (North Carolina)Tom Izzo (3 yrs: 55-36)NR
17Arkansas23-84871-1 (Utah)Nolan Richardson (18 yrs: 433-155)30
18New Mexico 23-74741-1 (Syracuse)Dave Bliss (23 yrs: 440-262)11
19UCLA 22-84642-1 (Kentucky)Steve Lavin (2 yrs: 48-17)6
20Maryland 19-104172-1 (Arizona)Gary Williams (20 yrs: 371-240)27
21Syracuse24-83772-1 (Duke)Jim Boeheim (22 yrs: 528-181)35
22Illinois 22-93661-1 (Maryland)Lon Kruger (16 yrs: 282-205)40
23Xavier-OH 22-72750-1 (Washington)Skip Prosser (5 yrs: 98-47)10
24Temple21-81240-1 (West Virginia)John Chaney (26 yrs: 581-208)NR
25Murray St.29-3710-1 (Rhode Island)Mark Gottfried (3 yrs: 68-24)NR
Others receiving votes: 26. Clemson (18-13) 60 pts; 27. West Virginia (22-8) 58; 28. Oklahoma St. (21-6) 46; 29. St. John's (22-9) 45; 30. Massachusetts (21-10) 37; 31. George Washington (24-8) 32; 32. UNLV (20-12) 30; 33. Rhode Island (22-8) 24; 34. Hawaii (19-8) 16; 35. UNC-Charlotte (19-10) 15; 36. Illinois St. (24-5) and Tennessee (20-8) 10; 38. Oklahoma (22-10) 5; 39. Indiana (19-11) 4; 40. Iona (27-5) 3; 41. Eastern Michigan (20-9), Northern Arizona (21-7) and Utah St. (25-7) 2.

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