Final AP poll and the NCAA Tournament don’t agree on top 4 teams

Michigan State players celebrate after beating Purdue in the finals at the Big Ten Conference tournament. (AP Photo/AJ Mast) 

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The final Associated Press college basketball poll and the NCAA Tournament don’t agree on the top four teams.

Kansas is No. 1 for the third straight week. and fifth overall, while Michigan State, not one of the NCAA field’s top four seeds, is second followed by North Carolina and Virginia.

The Jayhawks (30-4) received 63 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel. Michigan State, a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, got the other two No. 1 votes.

Oregon, the NCAA’s other No. 1 seed, is fifth followed by Villanova, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Xavier. Miami and Kentucky are tied for 10th.

Big East champion Seton Hall is the week’s only newcomer at No. 20, replacing Texas.

There were six No. 1s this season – one off the record set in 1982-83 – and Kansas’ five weeks were the most on top.

There were 44 schools ranked this season and the Atlantic Coast Conference had the most with eight.

Team/Record/Pts/Prv

1. Kansas (63) 30-4 1,623 1

2. Michigan St. (2) 29-5 1,552 2

3. North Carolina 28-6 1,488 7

4. Virginia 26-7 1,384 4

5. Oregon 28-6 1,371 8

6. Villanova 29-5 1,283 3

7. Oklahoma 25-7 1,215 6

8. West Virginia 26-8 1,193 9

9. Xavier 27-5 1,127 5

10. Miami (FL) 25-7 920 11

10. Kentucky 26-8 920 16

12. Purdue 26-8 873 13

13. Utah 26-8 870 12

14. Indiana 25-7 828 10

15. Texas A&M 26-8 682 17

16. Louisville 23-8 585 14

17. Arizona 25-8 559 15

18. Maryland 25-8 489 18

19. Duke 23-10 383 19

20. Seton Hall 25-8 374 29

21. Baylor 22-11 347 22

22. Iowa State 21-11 317 21

23. California 23-10 270 24

24. SMU 25-5 84 25

25. Iowa 21-10 82 20