PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – The AP released their final Top 25 poll and Pitt dropped from third to fourth after their loss to UConn in the Big East Tournament.
Ohio State remained the overwhelming pick for the No. 1 receiving 51 of the 65 first place votes. The other 14 votes went to No. 2 Kansas. Duke jumped two spots to No. 3.
Notre Dame, San Diego State, North Carolina, Texas, Connecticut and BYU round out the top 10.
Ohio State, Kansas and Duke were the only teams ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll this season, and they were among nine teams in the Top 25 from start to finish.
Ohio State (32-2), the overall No. 1 seed for the NCAA tournament, led the poll for the third straight week and eighth overall. Kansas (32-2) was No. 1 for one week this season.
Duke (30-4) spent the most time at No. 1 this season. The Blue Devils, who won the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament, were first in the preseason poll and for 10 weeks during the season.
Kentucky was No. 11, followed by Syracuse, Purdue, Louisville, Florida, Wisconsin, Arizona, St. John’s, Utah State and Xavier. The last five ranked teams were Kansas State, West Virginia, Washington, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.
Washington, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt all returned to the poll this week, replacing Georgetown, Temple and Cincinnati.
The nine teams that were ranked in every poll this season were Pittsburgh, Duke, Ohio State, Kansas, Syracuse, Kentucky, Purdue, BYU and San Diego State.
Forty-four teams from 12 conferences were ranked this season.
The Big East had 10 of its 16 members ranked during the season and tied its own record with nine teams in the same poll twice.
The Big Ten and Big 12 both had six teams ranked at some point this season, while the Southeastern Conference had five and the Atlantic Coast Conference four. The Mountain West had three teams in the Top 25, the West Coast Conference, Pac-10, Conference USA and Atlantic 10 had two and the Horizon League and Western Athletic Conference one each.