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Final Regular Season AP Men's Top 25 Poll for College Basketball's 1995-1996 Season

Taken before start of NCAA tournament.

The sportswriters & broadcasters poll: first place votes in parentheses; records through Monday, March 11, 1996; 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 1996 postseason), and preseason ranking. Teams in bold type went on to reach NCAA Final Four.

    Mar. 11Record Points NCAA Recap Head Coach Preseason Rank
1 Massachusetts (53) 31-1 1,587 4-1 (Kentucky) John Calipari (8 yrs: 193-71) 7
2 Kentucky (2) 28-2 1,513 6-0 Rick Pitino (14 yrs: 317-119) 1
3 Connecticut (8) 30-2 1,499 2-1 (Mississippi St.) Jim Calhoun (24 yrs: 472-236) 6
4 Georgetown 26-7 1,259 3-1 (Massachusetts) John Thompson (24 yrs: 550-208) 5
5 Kansas 26-4 1,259 3-1 (Syracuse) Roy Williams (8 yrs: 213-56) 2
6 Purdue 25-5 1,259 1-1 (Georgia) Gene Keady (18 yrs: 386-167) 24
7 Cincinnati 25-4 1,248 3-1 (Mississippi St.) Bob Huggins (15 yrs: 334-135) 21
8 Texas Tech (1) 28-1 1,231 2-1 (Georgetown) James Dickey (5 yrs: 100-49) NR
9 Wake Forest 23-5 1,118 3-1 (Kentucky) Dave Odom (10 yrs: 180-114) 11
10 Villanova 25-6 995 1-1 (Louisville) Steve Lappas (8 yrs: 135-108) 3
11 Arizona 24-6 857 2-1 (Kansas) Lute Olson (23 yrs: 507-194) 27
12 Utah 25-6 793 2-1 (Kentucky) Rick Majerus (12 yrs: 250-103) 10
13 Georgia Tech 22-11 693 2-1 (Cincinnati) Bobby Cremins (21 yrs: 398-242) 30
14 UCLA 23-7 688 0-1 (Princeton) Jim Harrick (17 yrs: 358-160) 4
15 Syracuse 24-8 675 5-1 (Kentucky) Jim Boeheim (20 yrs: 483-159) 33
16 Memphis 22-7 527 0-1 (Drexel) Larry Finch (10 yrs: 204-115) 13
17 Iowa St. 23-8 516 1-1 (Utah) Tim Floyd (10 yrs: 209-103) NR
18 Penn St. 21-6 497 0-1 (Arkansas) Jerry Dunn (1 yr: 21-7) NR
19 Mississippi St. 22-7 496 4-1 (Syracuse) Richard Williams (10 yrs: 164-130) 9
20 Marquette 22-7 492 1-1 (Arkansas) Mike Deane (12 yrs: 234-122) NR
21 Iowa 22-8 445 1-1 (Arizona) Tom Davis (25 yrs: 481-259) 8
22 Virginia Tech 22-5 324 1-1 (Kentucky) Bill Foster (29 yrs: 517-309) 22
23 New Mexico 27-4 211 1-1 (Georgetown) Dave Bliss (21 yrs: 390-246) 38
24 Louisville 20-11 157 2-1 (Wake Forest) Denny Crum (25 yrs: 587-224) 12
25 North Carolina 20-10 151 1-1 (Texas Tech) Dean Smith (35 yrs: 851-247) 20
Others receiving votes: 26. Wisc.-Green Bay (25-3, 114 pts); 27. Stanford (19-8, 50); 28. E. Michigan (24-5, 35); 29. George Washington (21-7, 35); 30. Georgia (19-9, 18); 31. Indiana (19-11, 11); 32. Michigan (20-11, 8) and Mississippi (12-15, 8); 34. Bradley (22-7, 7) and Temple (19-12, 7); 36. Duke (18-12, 6); 37. Coll. of Charleston (24-3, 4) and Texas (20-9, 4); 39. Drexel (26-3, 3); 40. Boston College (18-10, 2); 41. Clemson (18-10, 1), Fresno St. (20-10, 1), Minnesota (18-12, 1), Montana St. (21-8, 1), Tulane (18-9, 1) and Tulsa (22-7, 1).

 

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