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BOZICH | My weekly AP college basketball Top 25 ballot

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Here is the most interesting thing I can say about my Associated Press college basketball Top 25 ballot this week:

I'm still voting Louisville fifth, and I just realized the Cardinals have upcoming games against three of the four teams ranked ahead of them.

The first team in that trio is everybody's pick for Number One – Kentucky on Saturday at the KFC Yum! Center.

The funniest quote of the weekend came from UCLA coach Steve Alford, whose team lost to the Wildcats by 711 points Saturday. After the game, UCLA freshman Kevon Looney called the loss embarrassing and said that he hoped the Bruins got another crack at UK this season.

Said Alford, “Not right now.”

Right now, it's on with my ballot.

1. Kentucky (12-0) – Ken Pomeroy's formula still forecasts a one-point Louisville victory on Saturday. Nobody loves more than me, but that won't be my pick.

2. Duke (10-0) – The Blue Devils also figure to be unbeaten (16-0) when they make their first visit to the KFC Yum! Center Jan. 17.

3. Arizona (12-0) – The Wildcats have won four games by five points or less. That's not the profile of the two teams ranked ahead of them.

4. Virginia (11-0) – The Cavaliers beat a solid Harvard team by 49 points Sunday – and I almost bumped them up to third. In fact, I should have.

5. Louisville (10-0) – The challenge is about to accelerate for the Cards.

6. Wisconsin (10-1) – KenPom has the Badgers winning the Big Ten by three games, which is the same prediction I made before the season.

7. Texas (10-1) – Other than making the mistake of playing Kentucky, the Longhorns haven't done anything wrong.

8. Gonzaga (11-1) – For some reason, I like this Mark Few's team.

9. Wichita State (8-1) – Christmas came early for the Shockers when they rallied to beat Alabama.

10. Villanova (11-0) – Syracuse let the Wildcats off the hook Saturday.

11. Kansas (9-1) – The Jayhawks have six wins over Top 100 opponents, but there is the issue of that 32-point loss to Kentucky.

12. St. John's (9-1) – Steve Lavin has traveled a difficult road, but he's done his best work with the Red Storm this season.

13. Maryland (11-1) – Hard to believe, but the Terps might be the second-best team in the struggling Big Ten.

14. Iowa State (9-1) – The Cyclones have won six straight since losing to Maryland.

15. West Virginia (10-1) – One strange stumble against LSU is the only thing separating the Mountaineers from a perfect record.

16. Utah (8-2) – KenPom says the Utes are the second-best team in the Pac-12.

17. Notre Dame (11-1) – In case you missed it, the Irish beat Purdue by 31 points on a neutral court. 3-1.

18. Washington (10-0) – The Huskies won a dogfight against Oklahoma Saturday.

19. Baylor (9-1) – The Bears don't have a signature victory – and their stumble was against Illinois.

20. North Carolina (8-3) – The Tar Heels have been good enough to beat Ohio State, Florida and UCLA, but unable to beat Iowa and Butler.

21. Ohio State (9-2) – In case you haven't noticed, the Buckeyes haven't beaten anybody worth talking about.

22. Oklahoma (7-3) – Two of the Sooners' three losses came against teams ranked ahead of them.

23. Colorado State (11-0) – The Rams don't have a knockout victory, but they have a solid coach in Larry Eustachy.

24. Northern Iowa (10-1) – Not only did the Panthers beat Iowa, they limited the Hawkeyes to 44 points.

25. Georgetown (7-3) – The Hoyas have all week to prepare for their game with Indiana Saturday in Madison Square Garden.

Dropped out: Miami, San Diego State.

Newcomers: North Carolina, Georgetown.

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