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BOZICH | My weekly AP college basketball Top 25 ballot

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Except for Kentucky and five others, this unbeaten thing is pretty tricky in college basketball.

Arizona, Louisville and Washington have all exited the unbeaten category since my last ballot in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

Two Atlantic Coast Conference unbeatens – Duke and Virginia – have bubbled to the top just behind John Calipari's Wildcats.

What to do with Louisville after the Cards' eight-point loss to Kentucky?

I kept Rick Pitino's team in the same spot as last week, fifth, although I bumped Wisconsin ahead of them and dropped Arizona to sixth for losing to UNLV.

Ready, set, go.

1. Kentucky (13-0) – With authority.

2. Duke (10-0) – The Blue Devils have only played two games since winning at Wisconsin Dec. 3. Strange.

3. Virginia (11-0) – One team – Maryland – has cracked 60 against Tony Bennett's meticulous crew.

4. Wisconsin (11-1) – The Badgers' win probability is 91 percent or better in their next six games, according to Ken Pomeroy.

5. Louisville (11-1) – Tough to punish a team for giving Kentucky its toughest test of the season.

6. Arizona (12-1) – Yes, the Wildcats are 12-1, but it hasn't been a Blow You Away 12-1.

7. Gonzaga (12-1) – If you wondered how former UK forward Kyle Wiltjer was doing for the Zags, he's averaging 17.1 points and 5 rebounds – while making nearly 43 percent of his threes.

8. Villanova (12-0) – The Wildcats probably deserve more love because they have six wins over Top 100 teams. But not more love from me yet.

9. Texas (10-2) – The Longhorns are still waiting for their point guard Isaiah Taylor to get healthy – and it showed against Stanford.

10. St. John's (11-1) – The Red Storm could be underdogs in two of their next three, against Seton Hall, Butler and Villanova.

11. Maryland (12-1) – The Terps have been one of the surprise teams of the season.

12. Iowa State (9-1) – I can say Kansas is not the team to beat in the Big 12 without feeling as if I'm out on a limb.

13. West Virginia (11-1) – Imagine if the Mountaineers had not blown that lead against LSU.

14. Utah (9-2) -- Are the Utes really the second-best team in the Pac-12? We're about to find out.

15. Notre Dame (12-1) – The Irish are fun to watch. They know how to score.

16. Wichita State (10-2) – The Shockers are missing Cleanthony Early

17. Kansas (9-2) – Ugly loss to Kentucky. Ugly loss to Temple. I'm not a big believer in the Jayhawks.

18. Baylor (10-1) – The Bears have beaten three SEC teams – South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Texas A&M.

19. North Carolina (9-3) – The Tar Heels should be 12-3 when Louisville visits Chapel Hill Jan. 10. (UNC's visit to Second and Main is Jan. 31.)

20. Ohio State (11-2) – It's difficult to overstate how soft the Buckeyes' schedule has been.

21. Oklahoma (8-3) – Somebody said the Sooners scored 39 straight points against Weber State the other night. It's true.

22. Georgetown (8-3) – Villanova, St. John's, Georgetown. The Big East ain't bad.

23. Northern Iowa (11-1) – Pomeroy picks Wichita State to win the Missouri Valley over the Panthers, but only by a game.

24. VCU (9-3) – Two of the Rams' three losses have been to Villanova and Virginia.

25. Colorado State (13-0) – I was this close to booting the Rams until Washington disappeared against Stony Brook Sunday night.

Newcomer: VCU.

Dropped Out: Washington.

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