BOZICH | My weekly AP college basketball Top 25 ballot
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Fifteen teams in the Associated Press Top 25 lost basketball games in the last week. Three started the week in the top five. Five in the top 10. Turbulence everywhere.
We're down to two unbeatens – Kentucky and Virginia.
It could have been worse. Ask Kentucky, which needed three overtimes to beat two teams that don't figure to make the NCAA Tournament.
Road games (Duke, Louisville, Maryland), injuries (Wisconsin), awful performances (Texas) – there's a long list of reasons for the turmoil.
I expect that several of the 65 AP voters will shift their first-place votes to Virginia, which beat North Carolina State and then won at Notre Dame.
I considered it.
But the Wildcats are still ahead of the Cavaliers in all three major computer rankings – Pomeroy, Sagarin, RPI. I still believe that Kentucky's ability to protect the rim gives the Wildcats' an edge.
But I'll be surprised if Virginia doesn't earn at least a handful of first-place votes.
On to the show.
1. Kentucky (15-0) – If the trend from the first week of SEC play continues, John Calipari's team will need three overtimes to beat Missouri Tuesday.
2. Virginia (15-0) – The Cavaliers should be 19-0 when they host Duke on Jan. 31. That will be fun.
3. Duke (14-1) – Mike Krzyzewski's 1,000th victory celebration has been pushed back to no sooner than Jan. 19, which would be a home game against Pittsburgh. Getting it in Durham is the way it should be.
4. Gonzaga (16-1) – Ken Pomeroy's projections only include one more loss for Zags in the regular season. Another one seed for Mark Few?
5. Wisconsin (15-2) – I know Frank Kaminsky missed the entire game and Traveon Jackson sprained his ankle in the second half, but Rutgers?
6. Louisville (14-2) – As I said on Friday, the Cards' Big Four could use a little help. Or a lot of help on some nights.
7. Villanova (15-1) – The Wildcats' only loss was in overtime to Seton Hall. Not bad.
8. Arizona (13-2) -- These Wildcats were going to move to fourth on my ballot -- until they had to play at Oregon State Sunday night.
9. Utah (13-2) -- Utah at Arizona Saturday. Be there.
10. Notre Dame (15-2) – No shame in losing to Virginia. Everybody's doing it.
11. Wichita State (14-2) – The Shockers will be less than two hours away and playing in Evansville Saturday – if you're interested.
12. Kansas (13-2) – I know the Jayhawks are tied for first in the Big 12. I also remember what happened when they played Kentucky – and that's an image I just can't shake.
13. North Carolina (12-4) – One made basket from beating Notre Dame. One missed basket from losing to Louisville. That was last week for the Tar Heels.
14. Maryland (15-2) – The Terps have two Big Ten road wins. That has my attention.
15. Iowa State (12-2) – The Cyclones had a nice week, beating Oklahoma State and West Virginia.
16. VCU (13-3) – The Rams have quietly won eight in a row.
17. Texas (12-4) – A 21-point loss to Oklahoma and an 11-point loss to Oklahoma State? That's a bad week, Rick Barnes.
18. West Virginia (14-2) – The Mountaineers' losses have been by a point and two points. Tough.
19. Michigan State (12-5) – Welcome back, Spartans. Three conference wins in one week got my attention.
20. Oklahoma (11-4) – The Sooners whacked Texas and then lost to Kansas State. It was supposed to be the other way.
21. Arkansas (13-2) – Bobby Portis is the best player nobody is talking about.
22. Seton Hall (13-3) – The Pirates bounced back from a loss to Xavier by winning at Creighton.
23. Baylor (12-3) – I'm not sold on the Bears, but when you get to this spot on the ballot everybody has stinky sneakers.
24. Northern Iowa (14-2) – The Panthers have solid computer numbers. That's all I can say about them.
25. Dayton (13-2) -- Hey, I had to pick somebody.
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