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BOZICH | My weekly AP college basketball Top 25 ballot

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – One more week remains in the college basketball regular season – at least for teams in the Power Five Conferences. Then a week of conferences tournaments.

Then the NCAA Tournament.

Great. Let's get to the final dribble of the regular season because filling in the final seven or eight spots on my AP Top 25 ballot has become as difficult as dunking on Anthony Davis.

The teams that I voted in the final five spots on my ballot last week won three games (two by Murray State) and lost four. Several had to go, but I kept West Virginia on my ballot. (Why? Read on.)

Here's another fun topic: Who gets the final Number One seed for the NCAA Tournament – Villanova, Wisconsin or Arizona?

How about the last two Two-seeds? Kansas, Baylor, Gonzaga, Wichita State?

On to my ballot:

1. Kentucky (29-0) – Ken Pomeroy puts the Wildcats' chances of winning their final two regular-season games at 80.1 percent. I'll take the over.

2. Duke (26-3) – The Blue Devils have quietly won 12 of 13 – at least as quietly as Duke can do anything.

3. Virginia (27-1) – The Cavaliers will visit the KFC Yum! Center Saturday. First team to 50 wins. Or maybe 47.

4. Villanova (27-2) – Unless the Wildcats stumble, they've got an excellent chance for a Number One seed. I think.

5. Wisconsin (26-3) – How would you like to be the Number One seed that has to play the Badgers in a regional final?

6. Arizona (26-3) – Or the number one seed that has to play Sean Miller's team?

7. Kansas (23-6) – The Jayhawks lost the court-storm game at Kansas State and gained on my ballot because of all the other teams that stumbled.

8. Baylor (22-7) – Too high for the Bears? Maybe. But watching Gonzaga the last two Saturdays has me looking for alternatives.

9. Gonzaga (29-2) – Poor Kyle Wiltjer. Scores only four points in a home loss to BYU during the same week that he made the cover of Sports Illustrated. Jinx.

10. Wichita State (27-3) – The Shockers have guards and understand how to guard – a solid combination.

11. Northern Iowa (27-3) – There's nothing embarrassing about losing at Wichita State.

12. Notre Dame (24-5) – The Irish, who visit the KFC Yum! Center Wednesday, have lost three of their last seven.

13. Utah (22-6) – The Utes have a nice, determined club, but offense is a struggle.

14. Louisville (23-6) – Two road wins is a very nice week, even if they came at Georgia Tech and Florida State.

15. Maryland (24-5) – The Terrapins beat Wisconsin – and some people still don't believe in Mark Turgeon's team.

16. Oklahoma (20-8) – The Sooners have won eight of nine. You have been warned.

17. North Carolina (20-9) – How can a team with six McDonald's all-Americans be fifth in the ACC? It's a serious question.

18. Iowa State (20-8) – Bad week for the Cyclones, losing to Baylor at home and Kansas State on the road.

19. Arkansas (23-6) – I only dropped the Razorbacks one spot, but I thought they'd play better at Rupp Arena Saturday.

20. Murray State (26-4) – Congrats to the Racers, unbeaten regular-season champions of the Ohio Valley Conference.

21. Butler (21-8) – Tough finishing stretch for the Bulldogs with Georgetown and Providence.

22. Tulsa (21-7) – Forget SMU. The Golden Hurricanes are actually leading the AAC. Didn't know that, did you?

23. Davidson (21-6) – I'm constantly looking for fresh material. Seven straight wins and a share of first place in the Atlantic 10 got my attention with Stephen Curry University.

24. SMU (23-6) – The Mustangs will have to win their final home game against Tulsa to win the AAC.

25. West Virginia (22-7) – A 12-point loss at Baylor didn't hurt the Mountaineers, but it didn't help them.

Dropped Out: Michigan State, San Diego State, Georgetown.

Newcomers: Butler, Davidson, Tulsa.

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