(This was the last year that the AP poll only listed just their top 10 teams.)
Commentary: Rewards agreed with both polls about undefeated UCLA being #1 (who wouldn't this year?) both before and after the NIT and NCAA tournaments concluded, but Rewards did have #2 Louisville as the team who earned the recognition as having achieved the fifth best season, and #5 Princeton the second (i.e. vice versa). #3 North Carolina and #4 Kansas were both also in Reward's top 10, but closer to #10 than #3 or #4. Overall, Rewards seemed to have teams roughly in the same places as in the polls, if being 5 or 6 spots away is "reasonable". There were certainly other years in this repository where Rewards matched the polls more closely. Final Four teams like Houston and Dayton moved up in the final Rewards poll: Houston from #18 to #9, and Dayton from #16 to #13. (Dayton was not ranked in the UPI's top 20, nor the AP's top 10.) Most other teams near the top didn't move very much, as most of them collected one more loss - except UCLA.
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