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BOZICH | My weekly AP college basketball Top 25 ballot

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – No change at the top. Plenty of change at the bottom.

That's the best way to describe my latest ballot for the Associated Press college basketball Top 25 poll. I looked at the six teams that I voted in spots 20-25 last week. Five of them lost.

Time for a change. In fact, time for a few. The bottom of the poll is a mess. Even if you think you're right, you're probably wrong.

Here goes:

1. Kentucky (19-0) – Can't imagine Missouri (Thursday) or Alabama (Saturday) stopping the Wildcats from getting to 21-0.

2. Virginia (19-0) – Here comes the fun: Cavaliers play their next three against Duke, North Carolina and Louisville. Oh, boy.

3. Gonzaga (20-1) – Received a friendly e-mail questioning having the Zags in this spot, but I'm not ready to blink.

4. Duke (17-2) – Now that the Coach K/1K hubbub is over, the Blue Devils can relax and play.

5. Wisconsin (18-2) – I missed the Badgers' white knuckler at Michigan while driving home from South Carolina Saturday night, but Bo Ryan's guys survived.

6. Arizona (18-2) – The Wildcats get the Oregon teams at home this week. Sounds like good times.

7. Notre Dame (19-2) – The Irish get Duke in South Bend Wednesday. Program your DVR now.

8. North Carolina (16-4) – The Tar Heels have quietly won five straight – and they really aren't healthy.

9. Louisville (16-3) – The Cards are positioned to make it back-to-back road wins at Boston College – and then play a pay-back game against North Carolina here.

10. Villanova (17-2) – Why did the Wildcats tumble? A 20-point loss to Georgetown. Ugh.

11. Utah (16-3) – The Utes punished the two Washington teams in Salt Lake City.

12. Kansas (16-3) – Somehow the team Kentucky beat by 32 is leading what everybody believes is the best league in America.

13. Wichita State (18-2) – The Shockers play at Northern Iowa Saturday. Need to DVR that one, too.

14. VCU (16-3) – Make it 11 straight wins for Shaka Smart.

15. Georgetown (14-5) – In case you missed it, the Hoyas lead the Big East, which is still a formidable league.

16. Maryland (18-3) – Beat Northwestern after trailing by 11 with less than four minutes to play. Shouldn't have. But did. Poor Northwestern.

17. West Virginia (16-3) – The Mountaineers needed overtime to survive TCU.

18. Iowa State (14-4) – Bad loss to Texas Tech. Very bad loss.

19. Northern Iowa (18-2) – The Panthers get their Show Me moment against Wichita State Saturday.

20. Stanford (14-5) – The Cardinal beat Texas at Texas. I looked it up. And I think Chasson Randle is a very good player.

21. Texas (14-5) – I don't love the Longhorns but these final six or spots are impossible to fill.

22. Dayton (16-3) – Ugly loss at Davidson, but try finding some teams without ugly defeats.

23. Ohio State (16-5) – D'Angelo Russell was unstoppable in the first half against Indiana. The Buckeyes have another big home game with Maryland Thursday.

24. Indiana (15-5) – The Hoosiers will try to avoid their first two-game losing streak at Purdue Wednesday – and they lost by 18 at West Lafayette last season. They'll have to win to hold their first appearance on my ballot.

25. Georgia (13-5) – After losing their first two SEC games, the Bulldogs have won four in a row. Are they the second-best team in the league? Maybe.

Dropped out: Iowa, Oklahoma, San Diego State, Seton Hall

Newcomers: Stanford, Ohio State, Indiana, Georgia.

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