BOZICH | My weekly AP college basketball Top 25 ballot - WDRB 41 Louisville News

BOZICH | My weekly AP college basketball Top 25 ballot

Posted: Updated:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – There is no mystery at the top of my Associated Press college basketball Top 25 ballot this week.

No reason to think about a change at the top after Kentucky crunched Missouri and Alabama. The Wildcats lost two first-place votes to Virginia last week. I don't expect them to lose any more on Monday.

But what about Louisville? What to do with the Cardinals after their offensive hard drive crashed against Duke?

And what about Indiana? The Hoosiers (14-4) backed up their win against Penn State by winning at Illinois Sunday, their second conference road victory. They're tied for second in the Big Ten with Wisconsin and Iowa, a half-game behind front-running Maryland.

Is that worth a Top 25 vote?

Keep reading. Here's my ballot.

1. Kentucky (17-0) – Ken Pomeroy still projects the Wildcats will finish 17-1 in the Southeastern Conference, but I'm waiting for the date and location of the loss.

2. Virginia (17-0) – Make a note that on Jan. 31 the Cavaliers will be 19-0 when Duke visits Charlottesville. Might be worth a look.

3. Gonzaga (18-1) – If you like the Zags, you know they're legit. If you have Zag Fatigue, they won't be able to change your mind until March.

4. Villanova (17-1) – I'm not a member of the Jay Wright Fan Club, but Nova's only loss was in overtime to Seton Hall.

5. Duke (15-2) – Tune in Monday night to discover if Coach K sticks with the 2-3 zone defense against Pittsburgh. I don't expect to see it.

6. Wisconsin (16-2) – If you're looking forward to a Wisconsin-Maryland game, they don't play until Feb. 24 in College Park.

7. Arizona (16-2) – If you thought Utah was the best team in the Pac-12, you were wrong.

8. Notre Dame (17-2) – It's one of those years when Notre Dame basketball is better than Notre Dame football. Especially on offense.

9. Maryland (17-2) – Mark Turgeon needed guards after he lost the Harrison Twins so he got two good ones in Melo Trimble and Dion Wiley.

10. North Carolina (14-4) – The Tar Heels are one shot away from being 5-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

11. Louisville (15-3) – The Cards have a week to figure out their offensive issues and that might not be enough time.

12. Utah (14-3) – The Utah Hype Machine took a big hit in Tucson Saturday.

13. Wichita State (16-2) – The Shockers are rolling through the Missouri Valley again, winning their first six league games.

14. Iowa State (13-3) – The Cyclones earned a lot of national love by beating Kansas, but if you read the fine print you'll notice they have lost two of their last five.

15. VCU (15-3) – Shaka Smart's team has won 10 straight. Beware.

16. Texas (13-4) – The Longhorns ended their two-game slide with authority against West Virginia.

17. Kansas (14-3) – Another rugged week ahead for the Jayhawks – Oklahoma in Lawrence Monday night and then at Texas Saturday.

18. West Virginia (15-3) – The 27-point loss at Texas Saturday was the first time the Mountaineers have been blasted this season.

19. Northern Iowa (16-2) – The Panthers get their crack at Wichita State on Jan. 31.

20. Dayton (15-2) – The Flyers will be tested Tuesday night at Davidson. One to watch.

21. Iowa (13-5) – The Hawkeyes bounced back from that ugly home loss to Michigan State by winning at Minnesota and finishing a two-game sweep of Ohio State.

22. Oklahoma (12-5) – Too high? Ken Pomeroy has the Sooners 10th in his formula.

23. Georgetown (12-5) – I also thought about Indiana and Oklahoma State. But the Hoyas beat Indiana on a neutral court.

24. San Diego State (14-4) – I also thought about Providence and Baylor.

25. Seton Hall (13-4) – I also thought about (insert your favorite team).

Dropped out: Michigan State, Arkansas, Baylor.

Newcomers: Iowa, Georgetown, San Diego State.

Copyright 2015 WDRB News. All Rights Reserved.

  • Sign Up for the WDRB Sports Newsletter

    * denotes required fields

    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WDRB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.