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March Madness: Final AP Poll Top 25 Released

Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett of the Duke Blue Devils

DURHAM, NC - NOVEMBER 27: Teammates RJ Barrett #5 and Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils talk during their game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Cameron Indoor Stadium on November 27, 2018 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The final Associated Press top 25 poll of the 2018-19 men's college basketball season has been released.

The polls don't really matter anymore, as the 68-team NCAA Tournament field was unveiled on Sunday night and the games will speak for themselves, but it's still fun to look at.

It's especially interesting to compare the final AP Poll top 25 with the No. 1 to No. 68 rankings published by the NCAA Tournament's Selection Committee. There are some disparities.

Duke, though, comes in at No. 1 in both the AP Poll and the NCAA Tournament seeding list.

Here's the final AP Poll top 25:

  1. Duke
  2. Virginia
  3. North Carolina
  4. Gonzaga
  5. Michigan State
  6. Tennessee
  7. Kentucky
  8. Michigan
  9. Texas Tech
  10. Florida State
  11. Houston
  12. LSU
  13. Purdue
  14. Auburn
  15. Buffalo
  16. Virginia Tech
  17. Kansas
  18. Kansas State
  19. Wofford
  20. Nevada
  21. Wisconsin
  22. Cincinnati
  23. Villanova
  24. Iowa State
  25. Utah State

For comparison, here's the seeding list:

Some of the differences:

  • The AP Poll had Michigan State at No. 5 and Tennessee at No. 6, while the NCAA Tournament had the teams flipped
  • Maryland is No. 22 on the seed list, but not ranked in the AP Poll
  • Utah State is No. 32 on the seed list, but ranked No. 25 in the AP Poll

The NCAA Tournament begins Tuesday night with the First Four games.