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BOZICH | My AP college hoops Top 25 ballot -- teams 16-20

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WDRB) – On Tuesday, I shared the names of the teams I ranked 21-through-25 on my Associated Press pre-season college basketball Top 25 ballot. Today the countdown continues with the next five names – with two more Big Ten teams.

20. Ohio State (25-10) – The Buckeyes lost their top three scorers (LaQuinton Ross, Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith). But coach Thad Matta added the best newcomer in the Big Ten – and he is not a freshman. That would be power forward Anthony Lee, a senior who transferred from Temple. He can give the Buckeyes a double-double many nights.

Matta might also have the best freshman – former Central High guard D'Angelo Russell. Blend in Shannon Scott, Mark Loving and Amir Williams, and the Buckeyes should be dangerous when conference play begins.

Ohio State's other rankings: 20th in Athlon; 21st by The Sporting News and 14th in

19. Iowa State (28-8) – Guys love playing for Fred Hoiberg, the former NBA guard who consistently has the Cyclones in the first division of the Big 12 with a bunch of guys the McDonald's all-American game forgot. Hoiberg has forward Georges Niang, a guy many believe is the best player in the league. NBA scouts won't forget him.

Iowa State's other rankings: 14th by the Sporting News and 25th by

18. Stanford (23-13) – Johnny Dawkins was on those Hot Seat lists when last season began. Then the Cardinal made a nice run late in the season, toppling Kansas while moving into the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament. Guard Chasson Randle belongs in the discussion for the best guard in the Pac-12.

Stanford's other rankings: 21st by Athlon.

17. Iowa (20-13) – Like last season, the Hawkeyes are deep. Like last season, the Hawkeyes have some of the best players in the Big Ten (Aaron White, Mike Gesell and Peter Jok). But unlike last season, Fran McCaffery's team needs to play serious defense. Maybe Iowa will figure that out.

Iowa's other rankings: 15th by Athlon.

16. VCU (26-9) – Coach Shaka Smith is always dangerous, and his team is picked by many to win the Atlantic 10 this season. Treveon Graham, a 6-foot-6 wing, is a solid pick as the best player in the league. Smart has also recruited well, adding three solid players who are 6-7 or taller.

VCU's other rankings: 19th by Athlon; 17th by The Sporting News and 17th by

The teams in my final five slots were 21. Arkansas; 22. Southern Methodist; 23. Dayton; 24. Oklahoma; and 25. Michigan State.

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