2008–09 NCAA Division I men's basketball rankings

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Two human polls made up the 2008–09 NCAA Division I men's basketball rankings, the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll, in addition to various publications' preseason polls.

Legend[edit]

  Increase in ranking
  Decrease in ranking
  Not ranked previous week
Italics   Number of first place votes
(#-#)   Win-loss record
т Tied with team above or below also with this symbol

AP poll[edit]

The Associated Press (AP) preseason poll was released on October 31, 2008. This poll is compiled by sportswriters across the nation. In Division I men's and women's college basketball, the AP Poll is largely just a tool to compare schools throughout the season and spark debate, as it has no bearing on postseason play. Generally, all top 25 teams in the poll are invited to the NCAA basketball tournament, also known as March Madness.

Preseason
Oct 31[1]
Week 1
Nov 17[2]
Week 2
Nov 24[3]
Week 3
Dec 1[4]
Week 4
Dec 8[5]
Week 5
Dec 15[6]
Week 6
Dec 22[7]
Week 7
Dec 29[8]
Week 8
Jan 5[9]
Week 9
Jan 12[10]
Week 10
Jan 19[11]
Week 11
Jan 26[12]
Week 12
Feb 2[13]
Week 13
Feb 9[14]
Week 14
Feb 16[15]
Week 15
Feb 23[16]
Week 16
Mar 2[17]
Week 17
Mar 9[18]
Week 18
Mar 16[19]
1. North Carolina (72) North Carolina (2–0) 72 North Carolina (3–0) 72 North Carolina (7–0) 72 North Carolina (8–0) 72 North Carolina (9–0) 72 North Carolina (11–0) 71 North Carolina (12–0) 72 Pittsburgh (14–0) 70 Pittsburgh (15–0) 70 Wake Forest (16–0) 68 Duke (18–1) 62 Connecticut (20–1) 64 Connecticut (22–1) 67 Connecticut (24–1) 66 Pittsburgh (25–2) 69 Connecticut (27–2) 67 North Carolina (27–3) 35 Louisville (28–5) 45 1.
2. Connecticut Connecticut (1–0) Connecticut (4–0) Connecticut (6–0) Connecticut (8–0) Connecticut (8–0) Connecticut (10–0) Connecticut (11–0) Duke (12–1) Wake Forest (14–0) 2 Duke (16–1) 4 Connecticut (18–1) 6 Oklahoma (21–1) 5 Oklahoma (23–1) 3 Oklahoma (25–1) 4 Connecticut (25–2) 1 North Carolina (25–3) 3 Pittsburgh (28–3) 33 North Carolina (28–4) 11 2.
3. Louisville Louisville (0–0) Louisville (2–0) Pittsburgh (7–0) Pittsburgh (9–0) Pittsburgh (10–0) Pittsburgh (12–0) Pittsburgh (12–0) North Carolina (13–1) 2 Duke (14–1) Connecticut (16–1) Pittsburgh (18–1) 3 North Carolina (19–2) 3 North Carolina (21–2) 2 North Carolina (23–2) 2 Oklahoma (25–2) 2 Pittsburgh (26–3) 1 Connecticut (27–3) Memphis (31–3) 11 3.
4. UCLA UCLA (2–0) Pittsburgh (4–0) Duke (7–0) Gonzaga (6–0) Oklahoma (10–0) Oklahoma (11–0) Oklahoma (12–0) Wake Forest (13–0) Connecticut (14–1) Pittsburgh (16–1) Oklahoma (19–1) 1 Duke (19–2) Pittsburgh (21–2) Pittsburgh (23–2) North Carolina (24–3) Oklahoma (26–3) Memphis (28–3) 2 Pittsburgh (28–4) 3 4.
5. Pittsburgh Michigan State (1–0) Michigan State (2–0) Gonzaga (5–0) Oklahoma (8–0) Texas (8–1) Duke (10–1) Duke (10–1) Connecticut (12–1) North Carolina (14–2) North Carolina (16–2) North Carolina (17–2) Louisville (17–3) Louisville (18–4) Memphis (22–3) Memphis (24–3) Memphis (26–3) 1 Louisville (25–5) 1 Connecticut (27–4) 1 5.
6. Michigan State Pittsburgh (1–0) Texas (2–0) Oklahoma (6–0) Texas (6–1) Duke (8–1) Wake Forest (10–0) Wake Forest (11–0) Oklahoma (13–1) Oklahoma (15–1) Oklahoma (17–1) Wake Forest (16–1) Pittsburgh (19–2) Duke (20–3) Michigan State (20–4) Louisville (21–5) Louisville (23–5) Oklahoma (27–4) Duke (28–6) 6.
7. Texas Texas (1–0) Duke (6–0) Notre Dame (5–1) Duke (8–1) Xavier (9–0) Gonzaga (8–2) Notre Dame (9–2) Texas (11–2) Michigan State (13–2) Michigan State (15–2) Louisville (15–3) Wake Forest (17–2) Wake Forest (18–3) Louisville (19–5) Duke (22–5) Duke (24–5) Michigan State (25–5) Oklahoma (27–5) 7.
8. Duke Notre Dame (1–0) Notre Dame (2–0) Texas (5–1) Tennessee (6–1) Gonzaga (7–1) Notre Dame (8–2) Texas (10–2) Michigan State (11–2) Syracuse (16–1) Syracuse (17–2) Marquette (17–2) Marquette (19–2) Memphis (20–3) Wake Forest (19–4) Marquette (23–4) Michigan State (23–5) Wake Forest (24–5) Michigan State (26–6) 8.
9. Notre Dame Gonzaga (1–0) Gonzaga (2–0) Purdue (5–1) Louisville (4–1) Louisville (6–1) Texas (9–2) Purdue (11–2) Georgetown (10–2) UCLA (13–2) Louisville (13–3) Michigan State (16–3) Xavier (19–2) Michigan State (19–4) Duke (20–5) Michigan State (21–5) Kansas (24–5) Duke (25–6) Missouri (28–6) 9.
10. Gonzaga Duke (3–0) Purdue (4–0) Tennessee (5–1) Xavier (7–0) Wake Forest (9–0) Purdue (9–2) Michigan State (9–2) UCLA (12–2) Clemson (16–0) Clemson (16–1) Xavier (17–2) Clemson (18–2) Marquette (20–3) Marquette (21–4) Villanova (22–5) Wake Forest (22–5) Villanova (25–6) Gonzaga (26–5) 10.
11. Purdue Purdue (1–0) Oklahoma (4–0) Louisville (2–1) Wake Forest (8–0) Syracuse (9–0) Michigan State (8–2) Georgetown (9–1) Syracuse (14–1) Texas (12–3) Marquette (16–2) Texas (14–4) Butler (19–1) UCLA (19–4) Missouri (22–4) Missouri (23–4) Villanova (23–6) Kansas (25–6) Villanova (26–7) 11.
12. Oklahoma Oklahoma (1–0) Tennessee (3–0) UCLA (4–1) Notre Dame (6–2) Notre Dame (7–2) Georgetown (8–1) UCLA (10–2) Clemson (14–0) Notre Dame (12–3) Georgetown (12–4) Clemson (17–2) Purdue (17–4) Clemson (19–3) Villanova (20–5) Clemson (22–4) LSU (25–4) Gonzaga (25–5) Wake Forest (24–6) 12.
13. Memphis Memphis (1–0) UCLA (3–1) Michigan State (4–1) Syracuse (8–0) Purdue (8–2) UCLA (8–2) Syracuse (12–1) Notre Dame (10–3) Georgetown (11–3) UCLA (14–3) Butler (18–1) Michigan State (17–4) Villanova (19–4) Clemson (20–4) Wake Forest (20–5) Marquette (23–6) Washington (24–7) Syracuse (26–9) 13.
14. Tennessee Tennessee (1–0) Arizona State (3–0) Xavier (6–0) Purdue (6–2) UCLA (6–2) Xavier (9–1) Tennessee (8–2) Purdue (11–3) Marquette (15–2) Texas (13–4) Arizona State (16–3) Memphis (18–3) Xavier (20–3) Arizona State (20–5) Arizona State (21–5) Gonzaga (23–5) Missouri (25–6) Kansas (25–7) 14.
15. Arizona State Arizona State (1–0) т Marquette (3–0) Wake Forest (6–0) Villanova (8–0) Georgetown (7–1) Ohio State (8–0) Villanova (11–1) Tennessee (9–3) Xavier (13–2) Xavier (15–2) Syracuse (17–4) UCLA (17–4) Butler (21–2) Kansas (20–5) Kansas (22–5) Missouri (24–5) UCLA (24–7) Washington (25–8) 15.
16. Marquette Marquette (1–0) т Xavier (5–0) Syracuse (6–0) UCLA (5–2) Tennessee (6–2) Tennessee (8–2) Gonzaga (8–3) Xavier (11–2) Arizona State (14–2) Butler (16–1) Purdue (15–4) Texas (15–5) Kansas (19–4) Xavier (21–4) Purdue (21–6) Washington (22–7) Butler (26–4) Florida State (25–9) 16.
17. Miami (FL) Miami (FL) (1–0) Florida (3–0) Villanova (6–0) Memphis (5–1) Ohio State (6–0) Syracuse (11–1) Arizona State (10–1) Boston College (13–2) Butler (14–1) Arizona State (15–3) UCLA (15–4) Villanova (17–4) Missouri (20–4) Gonzaga (19–5) Gonzaga (21–5) Xavier (23–5) Clemson (23–7) Purdue (25–9) 17.
18. USC Florida (2–0) Memphis (4–1) Memphis (4–1) Michigan State (5–2) Villanova (10–1) Villanova (10–1) Louisville (8–2) Marquette (13–2) Minnesota (15–1) Purdue (14–4) Memphis (16–3) Gonzaga (16–4) Arizona State (18–5) Illinois (21–5) LSU (23–4) Clemson (22–6) Syracuse (23–8) UCLA (25–8) 18.
19. Florida USC (1–0) Wake Forest (2–0) Arizona State (5–1) Georgetown (5–1) Michigan State (6–2) Louisville (7–2) Baylor (10–1) Villanova (12–2) Purdue (12–4) Notre Dame (12–5) Illinois (17–3) Minnesota (18–3) Gonzaga (17–5) Purdue (19–6) Xavier (22–5) Purdue (22–7) Xavier (24–6) Arizona State (24–9) 19.
20. Davidson Wake Forest (1–0) Villanova (3–0) Georgetown (4–1) Arizona State (7–1) Arizona State (8–1) Arizona State (9–1) Clemson (12–0) Arizona State (12–2) Louisville (11–3) Villanova (14–3) Gonzaga (14–4) Syracuse (17–5) Purdue (17–6) UCLA (19–6) Illinois (22–6) UCLA (22–7) LSU (25–6) Xavier (25–7) 20.
21. Wake Forest Davidson (1–0) Georgetown (2–0) Miami (FL) (4–1) Ohio State (5–0) Baylor (8–1) Baylor (9–1) Minnesota (12–0) Butler (12–1) Baylor (13–2) Minnesota (16–2) Villanova (15–4) Kansas (17–4) Utah State (23–1) Butler (22–3) Washington (20–7) Arizona State (21–7) Marquette (23–8) LSU (26–7) 21.
22. Georgetown Georgetown (0–0) Miami (FL) (2–1) т Davidson (5–1) Baylor (7–1) Davidson (8–1) Clemson (12–0) Xavier (9–2) Minnesota (13–1) California (15–2) Memphis (14–3) Saint Mary's (18–1) Washington (16–5) Illinois (19–5) Washington (19–6) UCLA (20–7) Butler (25–4) Florida State (23–8) Butler (26–5) 22.
23. Villanova Villanova (1–0) Kansas (2–0) т Florida (5–1) Davidson (7–1) Memphis (5–2) Minnesota (10–0) Michigan (9–2) Baylor (12–2) Villanova (13–3) Gonzaga (12–4) Washington (15–4) Illinois (18–4) Syracuse (18–6) LSU (21–4) Florida State (21–6) Illinois (23–7) Arizona State (22–8) Marquette (24–9) 23.
24. Kansas Kansas (1–0) Davidson (3–1) Baylor (6–1) Marquette (7–1) Marquette (8–1) Michigan (8–2) Ohio State (9–1) Louisville (9–3) Tennessee (10–4) Florida (16–2) Kentucky (16–4) Arizona State (16–5) Ohio State (17–5) Syracuse (19–7) Butler (23–4) Florida State (22–7) Purdue (22–9) Clemson (23–8) 24.
25. Wisconsin Wisconsin (1–0) Wisconsin (4–0) Marquette (5–1) Kansas (7–1) Clemson (10–0) Missouri (9–1) Butler (10–1) West Virginia (11–2) Michigan (13–3) Illinois (15–3) Georgetown (12–6) Utah State (21–1) Florida State (18–5) Dayton (23–3) Texas (18–8) Syracuse (21–8) BYU (24–6) Utah (24–9) 25.
Preseason
Oct 31[1]
Week 1
Nov 17[2]
Week 2
Nov 24[3]
Week 3
Dec 1[4]
Week 4
Dec 8[5]
Week 5
Dec 15[6]
Week 6
Dec 22[7]
Week 7
Dec 29[8]
Week 8
Jan 5[9]
Week 9
Jan 12[10]
Week 10
Jan 19[11]
Week 11
Jan 26[12]
Week 12
Feb 2[13]
Week 13
Feb 9[14]
Week 14
Feb 16[15]
Week 15
Feb 23[16]
Week 16
Mar 2[17]
Week 17
Mar 9[18]
Week 18
Mar 16[19]
Dropped:
None
Dropped:
USC (3–2)
Dropped:
Kansas (4–1)
Wisconsin (5–1)
Dropped:
Miami (FL) (5–2)
Florida (6–2)
Dropped:
Kansas (7–2)
Dropped:
Davidson (8–2)
Memphis (7–3)
Marquette (9–2)
Dropped:
Missouri (10–2)
Dropped:
Gonzaga (8–4)
Michigan (11–3)
Ohio State (10–2)
Dropped:
Boston College (13–4)
West Virginia (11–4)
Dropped:
Baylor (14–3)
California (15–3)
Tennessee (11–5)
Michigan (13–5)
Dropped:
Notre Dame (12–6)
Minnesota (17–3)
Florida (17–3)
Dropped:
Saint Mary's (18–3)
Kentucky (16–6)
Georgetown (12–8)
Dropped:
Texas (15–7)
Minnesota (18–5)
Washington (17–6)
Dropped:
Utah State (24–2)
Ohio State (17–6)
Florida State (19–6)
Dropped:
Syracuse (19–8)
Dayton (23–4)
Dropped:
Texas (19–9)
Dropped:
Illinois (23–8)
Dropped:
BYU (25–7)

ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll[edit]

The Coaches Poll is the second oldest poll still in use after the AP Poll. It is compiled by a rotating group of 31 college Division I head coaches. The Poll operates by Borda count. Each voting member ranks teams from 1 to 25. Each team then receives points for their ranking in reverse order: Number 1 earns 25 points, number 2 earns 24 points, and so forth. The points are then combined and the team with the highest points is then ranked #1; second highest is ranked #2 and so forth. Only the top 25 teams with points are ranked, with teams receiving first place votes noted the quantity next to their name. Any team receiving votes after the top 25 are listed after the top 25 by their point totals. However, these are not real rankings: They are not considered #26, #27, etc. The maximum points a single team can earn is 775. The preseason poll was released on October 30, 2008.

Preseason
Oct 30 [20]
Week 1
Nov 17 [21]
Week 2
Nov 24 [22]
Week 3
Dec 1 [23]
Week 4
Dec 8 [24]
Week 5
Dec 15 [25]
Week 6
Dec 22 [26]
Week 7
Dec 29 [27]
Week 8
Jan 5 [28]
Week 9
Jan 12 [29]
Week 10
Jan 19 [30]
Week 11
Jan 26 [31]
Week 12
Feb 2 [32]
Week 13
Feb 9 [33]
Week 14
Feb 16 [34]
Week 15
Feb 23 [35]
Week 16
Mar 2 [36]
Week 17
Mar 9 [37]
Week 18
Mar 16 [38]
Week 19
Final [39]
1. North Carolina (31) North Carolina (1–0) 30 North Carolina (3–0) 31 North Carolina (7–0) 31 North Carolina (8–0) 31 North Carolina (9–0) 31 North Carolina (11–0) 31 North Carolina (12–0) 31 Pittsburgh (14–0) 30 Pittsburgh (15–0) 29 Wake Forest (16–0) 25 Duke (18–1) 30 Connecticut (20–1) 28 Connecticut (22–1) 30 Connecticut (24–1) 30 Pittsburgh (25–2) 30 Connecticut (27–2) 27 North Carolina (27–3) 23 Louisville (28–5) 14 North Carolina (34–4) 31 1.
2. Connecticut Connecticut (1–0) 1 Connecticut (4–0) Connecticut (6–0) Connecticut (8–0) Connecticut (8–0) Connecticut (10–0) Connecticut (11–0) Duke (12–1) Duke (14–1) Duke (16–1) 6 Connecticut (18–1) 1 Oklahoma (21–1) 3 Oklahoma (23–1) 1 Oklahoma (25–1) 1 Connecticut (25–2) 1 North Carolina (25–3) Pittsburgh (28–3) 5 Memphis (31–3) 11 Michigan State (31–7) 2.
3. Louisville Louisville (0–0) Louisville (2–0) Pittsburgh (7–0) Pittsburgh (9–0) Pittsburgh (10–0) Pittsburgh (12–0) Pittsburgh (12–0) North Carolina (13–1) 1 Wake Forest (14–0) 2 Connecticut (16–1) Pittsburgh (18–1) Duke (19–2) North Carolina (21–2) North Carolina (23–2) Oklahoma (25–2) Memphis (26–3) 4 Memphis (28–3) 3 North Carolina (28–4) 6 Connecticut (31–5) 3.
4. UCLA UCLA (2–0) Pittsburgh (4–0) Duke (7–0) Gonzaga (6–0) Oklahoma (10–0) Oklahoma (11–0) Oklahoma (12–0) Wake Forest (13–0) Connecticut (14–1) Pittsburgh (16–1) Wake Forest (16–1) North Carolina (19–2) Pittsburgh (21–2) Pittsburgh (23–2) Memphis (24–3) Pittsburgh (26–3) Connecticut (27–3) Pittsburgh (28–4) Villanova (30–8) 4.
5. Duke Duke (3–0) Duke (6–0) Gonzaga (5–0) Oklahoma (8–0) Texas (8–1) Duke (10–1) Duke (10–1) Connecticut (12–1) Oklahoma (15–1) Oklahoma (17–1) Oklahoma (19–1) Pittsburgh (19–2) Duke (20–3) Michigan State (20–4) North Carolina (24–3) Oklahoma (26–3) Louisville (25–5) Duke (28–6) Louisville (31–6) 5.
6. Pittsburgh Pittsburgh (1–0) Michigan State (2–0) Oklahoma (6–0) Texas (6–1) Duke (8–1) Wake Forest (10–0) Wake Forest (11–0) Oklahoma (13–1) North Carolina (14–2) North Carolina (16–2) North Carolina (17–2) Wake Forest (17–2) UCLA (19–4) Memphis (22–3) Louisville (21–5) Louisville (23–5) Michigan State (25–5) Connecticut (27–4) Pittsburgh (31–5) 6.
7. Michigan State Michigan State (1–0) Texas (2–0) Notre Dame (5–1) Duke (8–1) Gonzaga (7–1) т Gonzaga (8–2) Texas (10–2) Texas (11–2) т UCLA (13–2) Michigan State (15–2) Louisville (15–3) Louisville (17–3) Louisville (18–4) Louisville (19–5) Duke (22–5) Duke (24–5) Oklahoma (27–4) Michigan State (26–6) Oklahoma (30–6) 7.
8. Texas Texas (1–0) Notre Dame (2–0) Texas (5–1) Tennessee (6–1) Xavier (9–0) т Texas (9–2) Georgetown (9–1) UCLA (12–2) т Syracuse (16–1) Syracuse (17–2) Marquette (17–2) Marquette (19–2) Wake Forest (18–3) Wake Forest (19–4) Missouri (23–4) Michigan State (23–5) Duke (25–6) Oklahoma (27–5) Missouri (31–7) 8.
9. Notre Dame Notre Dame (1–0) Purdue (4–0) UCLA (4–1) Xavier (7–0) Louisville (6–1) Georgetown (8–1) UCLA (10–2) Syracuse (14–1) Clemson (16–0) Clemson (16–1) Michigan State (16–3) Xavier (19–2) Michigan State (19–4) Duke (20–5) Michigan State (21–5) Kansas (24–5) Wake Forest (24–5) Missouri (28–6) Memphis (33–4) 9.
10. Purdue Purdue (1–0) Gonzaga (2–0) Purdue (5–1) Louisville (4–1) Wake Forest (9–0) UCLA (8–2) Notre Dame (9–2) Georgetown (10–2) Michigan State (13–2) Marquette (16–2) Xavier (17–2) Clemson (18–2) Memphis (20–3) Missouri (22–4) Marquette (23–4) Wake Forest (22–5) Washington (24–7) Gonzaga (26–5) Kansas (27–8) 10.
11. Gonzaga Gonzaga (1–0) UCLA (3–1) Louisville (2–1) Wake Forest (8–0) Syracuse (9–0) Notre Dame (8–2) Purdue (11–2) т Clemson (14–0) Texas (12–3) UCLA (14–3) Clemson (17–2) Butler (19–1) Clemson (19–3) Marquette (21–4) т Arizona State (21–5) LSU (25–4) Kansas (25–6) Wake Forest (24–6) Duke (30–7) 11.
12. Memphis Memphis (1–0) Tennessee (3–0) Michigan State (4–1) Villanova (8–0) UCLA (6–2) Xavier (9–1) Syracuse (12–1) т Michigan State (11–2) Georgetown (11–3) Louisville (13–3) Texas (14–4) UCLA (17–4) Marquette (20–3) Arizona State (20–5) т Villanova (22–5) Missouri (24–5) Gonzaga (25–5) Villanova (26–7) Syracuse (28-10) 12.
13. Tennessee Tennessee (1–0) Oklahoma (4–0) Tennessee (5–1) Notre Dame (6–2) Georgetown (7–1) Ohio State (8–0) Villanova (11–1) Notre Dame (10–3) Notre Dame (12–3) Xavier (15–2) Butler (18–1) Purdue (17–4) Villanova (19–4) Clemson (20–4) Clemson (22–4) Washington (22–7) Villanova (25–6) Kansas (25–7) Gonzaga (28–6) 13.
14. Oklahoma Oklahoma (1–0) Arizona State (3–0) Xavier (6–0) UCLA (5–2) Notre Dame (7–2) Syracuse (11–1) Arizona State (10–1) Purdue (11–3) Marquette (15–2) Georgetown (12–4) Arizona State (16–3) Michigan State (17–4) Xavier (20–3) Villanova (20–5) Wake Forest (20–5) Gonzaga (23–5) UCLA (24–7) Washington (25–8) Purdue (27-10) 14.
15. Arizona State Arizona State (1–0) Marquette (3–0) Memphis (4–1) Memphis (5–1) Villanova (10–1) Purdue (9–2) Michigan State (9–2) Marquette (13–2) Arizona State (14–2) Texas (13–4) Syracuse (17–4) Memphis (18–3) Butler (21–2) UCLA (19–6) Kansas (22–5) Marquette (23–6) Missouri (25–6) Syracuse (26–9) Xavier (27–8) 15.
16. Miami (FL) Miami (FL) (1–0) Georgetown (2–0) Villanova (6–0) Syracuse (8–0) Ohio State (6–0) Villanova (10–1) Clemson (12–0) Arizona State (12–2) Xavier (13–2) Arizona State (15–3) UCLA (15–4) Villanova (17–4) Kansas (19–4) Illinois (21–5) Purdue (21–6) Villanova (23–6) LSU (25–6) Florida State (25–9) Washington (26–9) 16.
17. Marquette Marquette (1–0) Memphis (4–1) Wake Forest (6–0) Purdue (6–2) Arizona State (8–1) Arizona State (9–1) Gonzaga (8–3) Villanova (12–2) Minnesota (15–1) Butler (16–1) Purdue (15–4) Texas (15–5) Utah State (23–1) Xavier (21–4) Gonzaga (21–5) UCLA (22–7) Butler (26–4) UCLA (25–8) LSU (27–8) 17.
18. Georgetown Georgetown (0–0) Florida (3–0) Georgetown (4–1) Arizona State (7–1) Purdue (8–2) Michigan State (8–2) Louisville (8–2) т Xavier (11–2) Butler (14–1) Purdue (14–4) Saint Mary's (18–1) Gonzaga (16–4) Arizona State (18–5) Kansas (20–5) LSU (23–4) Xavier (23–5) Clemson (23–7) Purdue (25–9) UCLA (26–9) 18.
19. Florida Florida (2–0) Wisconsin (4–0) Arizona State (5–1) Georgetown (5–1) Tennessee (6–2) Louisville (7–2) Tennessee (8–2) т Minnesota (13–1) Purdue (12–4) Notre Dame (12–5) Memphis (16–3) Minnesota (18–3) Missouri (20–4) Washington (19–6) UCLA (20–7) Clemson (22–6) Xavier (24–6) Arizona State (24–9) Arizona State (25-10) 19.
20. Davidson USC (1–0) Xavier (5–0) Syracuse (6–0) Michigan State (5–2) Davidson (8–1) Clemson (12–0) Baylor (10–1) Butler (12–1) Louisville (11–3) Minnesota (16–2) Illinois (17–3) Syracuse (17–5) Illinois (19–5) Gonzaga (19–5) Illinois (22–6) Purdue (22–7) Syracuse (23–8) LSU (26–7) Wake Forest (24–7) 20.
21. USC т Davidson (1–0) Miami (FL) (2–1) Florida (5–1) Ohio State (5–0) Memphis (5–2) Tennessee (8–2) Minnesota (12–0) Louisville (9–3) Baylor (13–2) Villanova (14–3) Villanova (15–4) Illinois (18–4) Gonzaga (17–5) Purdue (19–6) Washington (20–7) Arizona State (21–7) Marquette (23–8) Clemson (23–8) Marquette (25-10) 21.
22. Wisconsin т Wisconsin (1–0) Villanova (3–0) Miami (FL) (4–1) т Davidson (6–1) Michigan State (6–2) Baylor (9–1) Xavier (9–2) West Virginia (11–2) Villanova (13–3) Saint Mary's (17–1) Notre Dame (12–6) Utah State (21–1) Syracuse (18–6) Butler (22–3) Xavier (22–5) Butler (25–4) Florida State (23–8) Xavier (25–7) Florida State (25-10) 22.
23. Kansas Villanova (1–0) Kansas (2–0) Wisconsin (5–1) т Kansas (7–1) Marquette (8–1) Minnesota (10–0) Ohio State (9–1) Baylor (12–2) California (15–2) Baylor (14–3) Georgetown (12–6) Arizona State (16–5) Purdue (17–6) Utah State (24–2) Butler (23–4) Illinois (23–7) Arizona State (22–8) Butler (26–5) Texas (23-12) 23.
24. Wake Forest Kansas (1–0) Wake Forest (2–0) Davidson (5–1) Marquette (7–1) Baylor (8–1) Memphis (6–3) Michigan (9–2) Boston College (13–2) Michigan (13–3) Illinois (15–3) т Minnesota (17–3) Kansas (17–4) Washington (17–6) LSU (21–4) Texas (18–8) Florida State (22–7) Purdue (22–9) Marquette (24–9) Arizona (21-14) 24.
25. Villanova Wake Forest (1–0) Davidson (3–1) Kansas (4–1) Miami (FL) (5–2) Clemson (10–0) Marquette (9–2) Marquette (11–2) Tennessee (9–3) Saint Mary's (15–1) Memphis (14–3) т Gonzaga (14–4) Washington (16–5) Florida State (18–5) Syracuse (19–7) Florida State (21–6) Syracuse (21–8) Illinois (23–8) Utah State (30–4) Butler (26–6) 25.
Preseason
Oct 30 [20]
Week 1
Nov 17 [21]
Week 2
Nov 24 [22]
Week 3
Dec 1 [23]
Week 4
Dec 8 [24]
Week 5
Dec 15 [25]
Week 6
Dec 22 [26]
Week 7
Dec 29 [27]
Week 8
Jan 5 [28]
Week 9
Jan 12 [29]
Week 10
Jan 19 [30]
Week 11
Jan 26 [31]
Week 12
Feb 2 [32]
Week 13
Feb 9 [33]
Week 14
Feb 16 [34]
Week 15
Feb 23 [35]
Week 16
Mar 2 [36]
Week 17
Mar 9 [37]
Week 18
Mar 16 [38]
Week 19
Final [39]
Dropped:
None
Dropped:
USC (3–2)
Dropped:
Marquette (5–1)
Dropped:
Florida (6–2)
Wisconsin (6–2)
Dropped:
Kansas (7–2)
Miami (FL) (7–2)
Dropped:
Davidson (8–2)
Dropped:
Memphis (7–3)
Dropped:
Gonzaga (8–4)
Ohio State (10–2)
Michigan (11–3)
Dropped:
West Virginia (11–4)
Boston College (13–4)
Tennessee (10–4)
Dropped:
California (15–3)
Michigan (13–5)
Dropped:
Baylor (15–4)
Dropped:
Saint Mary's (18–3)
Notre Dame (12–8)
Georgetown (12–8)
Dropped:
Texas (15–7)
Minnesota (18–5)
Dropped:
Florida State (19–6)
Dropped:
Utah State (25–3)
Syracuse (19–8)
Dropped:
Texas (19–9)
Dropped:
None
Dropped:
Illinois (24–9)
Dropped:
Clemson (23–9)
Utah State (30–5)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2008-09 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings - Preseason". Associated Press. 2008-10-31. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  2. ^ 2008-09 AP Men's Basketball Rankings - Week1
  3. ^ 2008-09 AP Men's Basketball Rankings - Week2
  4. ^ 2008-09 AP Men's Basketball Rankings - Week3
  5. ^ 2008-09 AP Men's Basketball Rankings - Week4
  6. ^ 2008-09 AP Men's Basketball Rankings - Week5
  7. ^ 2008-09 AP Men's Basketball Rankings - Week6
  8. ^ 2008-09 AP Men's Basketball Rankings - Week7
  9. ^ 2008-09 AP Men's Basketball Rankings - Week8
  10. ^ 2008-09 AP Men's Basketball Rankings - Week9
  11. ^ 2008-09 AP Men's Basketball Rankings - Week10
  12. ^ 2008-09 AP Men's Basketball Rankings - Week11
  13. ^ 2008-09 AP Men's Basketball Rankings - Week12
  14. ^ 2008-09 AP Men's Basketball Rankings - Week13
  15. ^ 2008-09 AP Men's Basketball Rankings - Week14
  16. ^ 2008-09 AP Men's Basketball Rankings - Week15
  17. ^ 2008-09 AP Men's Basketball Rankings - Week16
  18. ^ 2008-09 AP Men's Basketball Rankings - Week17
  19. ^ 2008-09 AP Men's Basketball Rankings - Week18
  20. ^ "2008-09 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings - Preseason". ESPN/USA Today. 2008-10-30. Retrieved 2008-10-30. 
  21. ^ 2008-09 ESPN Poll Week 1
  22. ^ 2008-09 ESPN Poll Week 2
  23. ^ 2008-09 ESPN Poll Week 3
  24. ^ 2008-09 ESPN Poll Week 4
  25. ^ 2008-09 ESPN Poll Week 5
  26. ^ 2008-09 ESPN Poll Week 6
  27. ^ 2008-09 ESPN Poll Week 7
  28. ^ 2008-09 ESPN Poll Week 8
  29. ^ 2008-09 ESPN Poll Week 9
  30. ^ 2008-09 ESPN Poll Week 10
  31. ^ 2008-09 ESPN Poll Week 11
  32. ^ 2008-09 ESPN Poll Week 12
  33. ^ 2008-09 ESPN Poll Week 13
  34. ^ 2008-09 ESPN Poll Week 14
  35. ^ 2008-09 ESPN Poll Week 15
  36. ^ 2008-09 ESPN Poll Week 16
  37. ^ 2008-09 ESPN Poll Week 17
  38. ^ 2008-09 ESPN Poll Week 18
  39. ^ 2008-09 ESPN Poll Week 19