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BOZICH | My weekly AP college basketball Top 25 ballot

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – There is a problem with my ballot for the Associated Press college basketball Top 25 this week.

I can't find 25 teams that belong. I mean really belong.

I can find 16.

But the AP demands 25. So I had to search and stretch and compare and toss teams in and then out. I made it to Wichita State at 16. Then I struggled.

There are teams with seven losses. There are teams on losing streaks. There are teams that cannot win on the road. There are teams that should be playing better than they are playing.

But the poll must go on. So I rounded up nine more teams and filled out my ballot.

I'm certain there will be other teams you like better than the teams I selected.

Make your case. Here is my list:

1. Kentucky (23-0) – Many have tried. All have failed.

2. Virginia (21-1) – After watching the Cavaliers in person, I can't envision them beating Kentucky, especially without Justin Anderson, their injured wing who will miss the next 4-to-6 weeks. Scoring is too much of an ordeal. That won't work late in a close game.

3. Duke (20-3) – Message delivered against Notre Dame Saturday. Other than Kentucky, the Blue Devils have the best inside/outside attack.

4. Wisconsin (21-2) – I'm not surprised the Badgers rank first in Ken Pomeroy's offensive efficiency numbers. I am surprised they rank 74th in defensive efficiency. Flashing light.

5. Gonzaga (24-1) – I watched the Zags on TV against San Francisco Saturday night. I did not see a Number One seed. Did you? So I moved the Zags down two spots.

6. Villanova (21-2) – I'm sure the Wildcats are terrific. I'm just not dazzled by Jay Wright's club.

7. Arizona (20-3) – Court-stormed by your in-state rival is no way to spend your weekend.

8. Louisville (19-4) – Eventually somebody on the Louisville bench will make a basket. Right?

9. Notre Dame (21-4) – The Irish have lost two of three and face a tricky trip to Clemson Tuesday.

10. North Carolina (18-6) – The Tar Heels are in the middle of three straight road games.

11. Kansas (19-4) – The best of what the computer rankings say is the best conference in America.

12. Utah (18-4) – The Utes have pulled into a first-place tie with Arizona in the Pac-12.

13. Baylor (18-5) – In case you missed it, the Bears have won their last three against Texas, TCU and West Virginia by 23, 20 and 18.

14. Iowa State (17-5) – The Cyclones visit Oklahoma Monday night. You should make plans to watch.

15. Northern Iowa (22-2) – The Panthers' winning streak has grown to 11 straight.

16. Wichita State (21-3) – The Shockers bounced back from the loss to Northern Iowa by beating Bradley and Missouri State.

17. Oklahoma (16-7) – It's crazy to rank a team with seven losses this high, but this is the spot in the poll where things fall apart for me.

18. Maryland (19-5) – I like the Terps. I also know the Terps have lost three of their last five and that all three defeats have been by at least 16 points.

19. West Virginia (18-5) – Losses by 19 and 18 last week can be credited to a bad week or the Mountaineers hitting the wall.

20. VCU (18-5) – Another team that got court-stormed.

21. SMU (19-5) – Remember when we used to care about the AAC? Yes, I know Indiana beat this team and the one I ranked next.

22. Butler (18-6) – The Bulldogs have won five straight and somewhere there are writers giving Brad Stevens all the credit.

23. Arkansas (18-5) – Don't say I'm not giving the SEC any respect.

24. Ohio State (18-6) – If anybody knows why Mark Loving has not played the last two games, send me an E-mail.

25. Stephen F. Austin (19-3) – Because leaving this spot open was not an option.

Dropped Out: Georgetown, Texas A&M, Dayton.

Newcomers: Butler, Arkansas, Stephen F. Austin.

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