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BOZICH | My Weekly AP College Basketball Poll Top 25 Ballot

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Four teams that I ranked in the Top 10 on my Associated Press college basketball ballot lost last week, but I did not run my ballot through the shredder.

Not when one of the losses was Texas at Kentucky – and Wichita State and Gonzaga both lost on the road in overtime.

I gave more love to Duke because of what the Blue Devils did at Wisconsin. I also bumped Virginia ahead of Louisville because the Cavaliers had the best week of any team in the country.

But those are all the hints I'm supplying. Time for you to examine the rest of my ballot.

1. Kentucky (9-0) – The college football selection committee took another look at John Calipari's defense and nearly gave the Wildcats the fourth playoff spot ahead of Ohio State.

2. Duke (8-0) – The Blue Devils beat Wisconsin the way few teams beat the Badgers in Madison. Impressive. So Mike Krzyzewski's team replaces Bo Ryan's team at the two spot.

3. Arizona (8-0) – These Wildcats still aren't playing their best basketball, but they keep winning.

4. Virginia (9-0) – Double-digit road wins at Maryland and at VCU? That's a solid week for the Cavaliers.

5. Louisville (7-0) – Rick Pitino has learned to win with defense, but he knows the Cards needs better offense to keep moving up this list. I bumped them up one spot this week.

6. Wisconsin (8-1) – The Badgers aren't getting much from Sam Dekker, who had five points against Duke and only two against Marquette. Dekker should be averaging closer to 15.

7. Texas (7-1) – A 12-point loss in Rupp Arena could be the best performance any opponent delivers against Kentucky this season.

8. Wichita State (5-1) – Didn't drop the Shockers for a one-point overtime loss at Utah. Who says I'm heartless?

9. Gonzaga (7-1) – Didn't drop the Zags for a three-point overtime loss at Arizona. See above.

10. Villanova (8-0) – The Wildcats' big wins against VCU and Michigan don't look as dazzling as they looked a week ago.

11. Kansas (6-1) – Trust me, it's a struggle to keep voting the Jayhawks this high any time I think about the way they flat-lined against Kentucky.

12. Ohio State (6-1) – The Buckeyes are nearly as offensively challenged as they were last season.

13. Oklahoma (5-2) – Lon Kruger's teams always give you defense and effort.

14. St. John's (6-1) – I see things ahead of the competition. I was the only person in the entire poll to vote for Steve Lavin's team last week. Bet that won't be the case this week.

15. Maryland (8-1) – The Terps fell against Virginia, but all of their pieces are not healthy, especially Dez Wells.

16. Iowa State (5-1) – Can't wait to watch the Cyclones visit Iowa Friday night.

17. West Virginia (8-1) – The loss to Louisiana State was ugly and completely avoidable.

18. Miami (8-1) – After looking so solid against Illinois, the Hurricanes stumbled against Green Bay, the same program that beat Virginia last season.

19. San Diego State (6-2) – In case you missed it, the Aztecs scored only 15 points in the first half and got whipped by 13 at Washington Sunday night.

20. Butler (7-1) – The Bulldogs are quietly delivering a solid bounce-back season.

21. Northern Iowa (8-0) – I was also ahead of the curve with the Panthers, who have to visit struggling VCU Saturday.

22. Iowa (7-2) – The Hawkeyes are finally playing the kind of defense that will allow you to win a road game, like the one that they won at North Carolina.

23. Utah (6-1) – Tough week ahead for the Utes, who have a rivalry game at BYU before playing Kansas Saturday.

24. Notre Dame (8-1) – As usual, the Irish are an average defensive team, but Jerrian Grant is playing like an all-American.

25. Washington (7-0) -- The Huskies have reasonably solid wins against Long Beach, UTEP and now San Diego State.

Dropped out: Arkansas, North Carolina, Michigan and Michigan State.

Newcomers: Iowa, Utah, Georgetown, and Notre Dame.

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