Rick Bozich of WDRB posts his weekly vote in the AP College Basketball Top 25 poll.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Kentucky beats Louisville. Does it without Julius Randle contributing anything in the second half. Does it by making the Cardinals look lost on offense. Does it with the Wildcats' freshmen guards looking like sophomores.
Last week I ranked the Wildcats 15th on my Associated Press college basketball ballot, three spots ahead of where Kentucky actually finished in the poll. This week I have bumped Kentucky up two spots, ahead of Villanova, losers at Syracuse, and Louisville.
How far did I drop the Cards?
Nine positions, from sixth to 15th. In their only two games against ranked competition, Rick Pitino's team has not delivered. They'll likely only get four more cracks at ranked opponents the remainder of the season – two games against Memphis and two more against Connecticut.
(For the record, Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com downgraded the Cards more than I did, moving them from ninth to 20th.)
*I believe my first text message arrived around 2:29 p.m. Saturday:
Villanova 25, Syracuse 10.
I took it as a suggestion that I was wrong about my choice as the best team in college basketball. I also considered it a hint that I needed to begin my search for a new number one team.
I refused to take the hint, returning this response:
Long way to go.
Sometimes you lose, and sometimes you win.
I'll continue to ride with the Orange. Down 18 in the first half, Syracuse handled previously unbeaten Villanova by 16. That's a really nice win.
Blend in victories over Baylor, Minnesota, California, Indiana and St. John's. That gives the Orange six wins over top 60 teams in Ken Pomeroy's college basketball computer rankings.
That also keeps Syracuse ahead of Arizona on my AP ballot.
Get in line and take your whacks. There's more change ahead. Conference play starts this week.