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BOZICH | My weekly AP college basketball Top 25 ballot

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Kentucky is constant. The rest of my Associated Press college basketball Top 25 ballot is not.

Sorry, Virginia.

You've delivered a great season but without Justin Anderson you look vulnerable to me. So I bumped Duke and Wisconsin ahead of the Cavaliers after that homecourt struggle with Wake Forest. The Blue Devils and Badgers look more formidable to me.

That was just the beginning of the churn.

How many spots to drop Louisville for losing at home to North Carolina State? Time to add Murray State to the party? What about Indiana, for beating Minnesota and taking Maryland to the wire on the road?

Sorry. You'll have to read on.

1. Kentucky (25-0) – On Saturday John Calipari talked about how much his players enjoy scrimmaging. I think we can all figure out why.

2. Duke (22-3) – The Blue Devils finally play North Carolina Wednesday. Resist the temptation to call it the Best Rivalry in College Basketball.

3. Wisconsin (23-2) – The Badgers are rolling, winning eight straight, seven by 10 or more. They should clinch the Big Ten title any second.

4. Virginia (23-1) – Had to drop the Cavaliers two spots. Why? Not having Anderson is going to make things a struggle for this group.

5. Gonzaga (26-1) – The best debate on Selection Sunday will be this: Do the Zags deserve a one-seed?

6. Villanova (23-2) – The Wildcats are clearly the best team in what many say is the second-best league in college basketball – the Big East.

7. Arizona (22-3) – If the Wildcats run the table, they'll also join the discussion for a one-seed.

8. Kansas (21-4) – The Jayhawks have quietly built a two-game lead in the Big 12 – and that is the league the computer formulas say is the best league in the nation.

9. Notre Dame (22-4) – The Irish bounced back from the Duke beatdown, but not with much gusto, winning by a field goal at Clemson.

10. Utah (20-4) – I've only seen this team on television. I like the Utes. I do not love the Utes.

11. Iowa State (18-6) – The best of the rest of the Big 12.

12. Louisville (20-5) – If you listened to Rick Pitino's post-game interview after the perplexing loss to North Carolina State, you know he's more concerned with this team's defense than offense.

13. Baylor (18-7) -- The Bears went 0-2 last week, losing to Oklahoma State and Kansas, but flaws abound for any team outside the Top 10.

14. Northern Iowa (24-2) -- Can you name the two teams that beat the Panthers? VCU. That's the easy one. The other team was Evansville.

15. Wichita State (22-3) – The Shockers are quietly waiting for their home finale against Northern Iowa.

16. North Carolina (18-7) – The Tar Heels gave up how many points against Pittsburgh? 89? 89?

17. Maryland (21-5) – The Terps survived games against Indiana and Penn State by a combined five points, but they did survive.

18. Oklahoma (17-8) – Yes, I'm uncomfortable ranking a team with eight losses this high, but Ken Pomeroy has the Sooners slotted at Number 10.

19. Arkansas (20-5) – I had SMU one spot ahead of the Razorbacks until I remembered Arkansas beat the Mustangs by six in Moody Coliseum.

20. SMU (21-5) – The best of the American Athletic Conference, not that I'm sure what that really means.

21. San Diego State (20-6) – The best of the Mountain West Conference – and I know that does not mean much.

22. Butler (18-7) – The Bulldogs are in a nice spot, but play four of their last six on the road, facing games at Xavier and Providence.

23. Ohio State (19-7) – I've got Maryland ranked ahead of the Buckeyes, but Ohio State could end up the second-best team in the Big Ten.

24. Murray State (23-4) – The Racers have won 21 straight. If you don't tell anybody they were ranked 71st in the Pomeroy numbers when I put my ballot together, I won't say a word either.

25. Georgetown (16-8) – I asked if I could simply say, “This space for rent.”

Dropped out: West Virginia, VCU, Stephen F. Austin.

Newcomers: San Diego State, Murray State, Georgetown.

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