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BOZICH | My weekly AP college basketball Top 25 ballot

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Believe it or not, there is more to college basketball than Chris Jones.

The University of Louisville is about to discover that. I remembered it late Sunday night when I had to complete my weekly dig through the scores of the last week and build another Top 25 ballot for the Associated Press poll.

The first seven spots? Easy. Thank you John Calipari, Mike Krzyzewski, Bo Ryan, Tony Bennett and others.

The next 10? Challenging, but not impossible.

The final eight? All you're going to do is make people angry and give them plenty of opportunities to show that you're A) wrong; B) dumb; C) out of touch or D) all of the above. You're not right. You're guessing.

Here goes:

1. Kentucky (27-0) – You could say 27 down, 13 to go. In fact, I just did.

2. Duke (24-3) – Warning: Jahlil Okafor wore a boot to protect his injured ankle Saturday. It better not be a trend.

3. Wisconsin (25-2) – Big week for the Badgers – at Maryland Tuesday, Michigan State in Madison Sunday. They should be Big Ten champs by the end of the week.

4. Virginia (25-1) – The Cavaliers have not scored more than 61 points in five straight games. It doesn't stop them from winning. Just thought you should know.

5. Villanova (25-2) -- Clearly the best team in the Big East – whatever that means.

6. Gonzaga (28-1) – The Zags were on the ropes and escaped at St. Mary's Saturday night. Still not dazzled.

7. Arizona (24-3) – I watched the Wildcats beat UCLA Saturday night – and their offense needs a major upgrade. Major.

8. Notre Dame (24-4) – The Irish have only three more regular-season games, and the trip to Louisville next week is their only game away from South Bend.

9. Kansas (22-5) – Could have beaten West Virginia. Didn't. Only cost them one spot.

10. Iowa State (20-6) – The Cyclones won on the road at Oklahoma State and Texas. Not bad. In fact, it's very good.

11. Baylor (20-7) – Sources say that I'm rating the Bears higher than anybody in the country. Thank me later, Scott Drew.

12. Northern Iowa (26-2) – The Panthers have to visit Wichita State Saturday.

13. Wichita State (25-3) – See above.

14. North Carolina (19-8) – Roy Williams wasn't happy with the UNC crowd Saturday, which might mean the crowd isn't happy with him.

15. Utah (21-5) – Losing to Oregon on Sunday was not a terrible loss, but I wouldn't call it a good one either.

16. Louisville (21-6) – It's time for Quentin Snider, Anton Gill and Shaqquan Aaron to show what they can do.

17. Maryland (22-5) – If you check the computer ratings, you'll see the Terps aren't getting much love.

18. Oklahoma (19-8) – The Sooners needed overtime to avoid a very bad loss at Texas Tech.

19. Arkansas (22-5) – The Razorbacks visit Rupp Arena Saturday. They won in Lexington last season.

20. SMU (22-5) – Larry Brown won't have to play in the NIT this season.

21. Michigan State (19-8) – The Spartans are playing their best basketball. They're not Final Four good. But they could be the second-best team in the Big Ten.

22. San Diego State (22-6) – Best in the Mountain West. And I know what that means – not bloody much.

23. Georgetown (18-8) – Three straight victories have pushed the Hoyas into second place in the Big East.

24. Murray State (24-4) – Two wins away from a perfect season in the Ohio Valley Conference.

25. West Virginia (21-6) – Beating Kansas in Morgantown and on the road at Oklahoma State is a fine week.

Dropped out: Butler, Ohio State.

Newcomers: Michigan State, West Virginia.

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