AP Top 25: Ducks back in at No. 25

AP Top 25: Ducks back in at No. 25
Oregon players react as teammate Jonathan Loyd, bottom center, is named tournament MVP after defeating UCLA 78-69 in the championship NCAA college basketball game in the Pac-12 Conference tournament, Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Gonzaga's first stint on top of The Associated Press' college basketball poll lasted through the final Top 25 of the season.

The Bulldogs (31-2), the fourth of the four top seeds in the NCAA tournament, were a runaway No. 1 for a third straight week on Monday, receiving 45 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. They become the first school from a non-BCS conference to finish No. 1 in the final poll since Massachusetts of the Atlantic 10 in 1996.

Louisville, the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, is second and got the other first-place votes. Kansas and Indiana — the other No. 1 seeds — are third and fourth followed by Miami, Duke, Ohio State, Georgetown, Michigan State and Michigan.

Forty-four schools were ranked during the 2012-13 season, five off the record set in 2008-09. Five of them held the No. 1 ranking at some point — Indiana (10 weeks), Duke (5), Gonzaga (3), Louisville (1) and Michigan (1) — and there was a stretch of five straight polls when there was a different No. 1 each week.

Eleven teams were ranked in all 20 polls this season with Indiana and Duke the only ones from that group to be in the Top 10 all season.

There were two one-week wonders this season: Florida State, which was No. 25 in the preseason poll for its only appearance, and Louisiana Tech, which was No. 25 three weeks ago.

The week's lone newcomer was Pac-12 champion Oregon. The Ducks replaced VCU, which lost to Saint Louis in the Atlantic 10 tournament championship game.

Duke's season-long run in the poll extended the longest current streak to 117 weeks, starting with the preseason poll of 2007-08. Kansas has the second-longest such streak at 85 polls.

The Big East had the most schools ranked during the season with eight, one more than the Big Ten. The Atlantic Coast Conference had five ranked during the season while the Southeastern Conference, Big 12, Pac-12 and Mountain West Conference all had four.

There were 46 schools ranked last season with three reaching No. 1.

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' final 2012-13 college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through March 17, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:

 Record Pts Prv
1. Gonzaga (45) 31-2 1,604 1
2. Louisville (20) 29-5 1,579 4
3. Kansas 29-5 1,459 7
4. Indiana 27-6 1,410 3
5. Miami 27-6 1,353 9
6. Duke 27-5 1,297 2
7. Ohio St. 26-7 1,243 10
8. Georgetown 25-6 1,204 5
9. Michigan St. 25-8 1,038 8
10. New Mexico 29-5 990 15
11. Michigan 26-7 989 6
12. Kansas St. 27-7 903 11
13. Saint Louis 27-6 811 16
14. Florida 26-7 768 13
15. Marquette 23-8 657 12
16. Syracuse 26-9 627 19
17. Oklahoma St. 24-8 595 14
18. Wisconsin 23-11 528 22
19. Memphis 30-4 425 20
20. Pittsburgh 24-8 293 17
21. Arizona 25-7 260 18
22. Creighton 27-7 214 23
23. Notre Dame 25-9 198 24
24. UCLA 25-9 189 21
25. Oregon 26-8 171

Others receiving votes: VCU 163, North Carolina 51, UNLV 38, Butler 17, Mississippi 13, Belmont 11, Saint Mary's (Cal) 11, Colorado St. 10, Wichita St. 5, Montana 1.