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BOZICH | My weekly AP college basketball Top 25 ballot

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Rick Bozich shares his weekly ballot in the AP college basketball poll. Rick Bozich shares his weekly ballot in the AP college basketball poll.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Nine days of games have been played, the primary reason I feel more confident with my Top 25 than I did in October – especially considering I was ahead of the pack with Purdue and Miami.

Enough patting myself on the back. You don't have time for that. On to my latest ballot in the Associated Press college basketball Top 25.

1. Kentucky (4-0) – Ken Pomeroy’s computer formula does not foresee a loss on the Wildcats’ schedule until they visit Kansas – on Jan. 30. We've seen that before.

2.  Michigan State (3-0) – Denzel Valentine played so well against Kansas that Magic Johnson sent him a congratulatory message.

3. Maryland (3-0) – The Terps had to scramble to beat Georgetown and Rider – in College Park. Hmmm. Rider is 0-3 and lost a dozen games last season.

4. Duke (4-1) – Grayson Allen has been unstoppable – as long he has not been on the court against Kentucky.

5. Gonzaga (2-0) – The Zags get Arizona in Spokane a week from Saturday.

6. North Carolina (3-1) – No disrespect to Northern Iowa, but hold all tickets on the Tar Heels until Marcus Paige gets healthy.

7. Kansas (1-1) – The Jayhawks are the team to beat in Maui this week – even without Brannen Greene and Cheick Diallo.

8. Villanova (4-0) – The Wildcats thumped an Akron team that won at Arkansas. Maybe that says more about the sorry state of the Razorbacks.

9. Iowa State (2-0) – Monte Morris is one of the most under-appreciated point guards in the nation.

10. Virginia (4-1) – Cavaliers are still adjusting to life without Justin Anderson.

11. Oklahoma (2-0) – OU-Villanova will be the game to watch on Dec. 7.

12. Purdue (5-0) – I’ve had the Boilermakers ranked higher than any other vote. Sorry, I can’t help it other voters don’t pay attention to teams with size, experience and toughness.

13. Arizona (3-0) – The Wildcats don’t have as many NBA bodies as they had last season, but they’re still formidable.

14. UConn (3-0) – The Huskies won’t lose 15 games again this season.

15. Indiana (3-0) – According to Ken Pomeroy, the Hoosiers are the nation’s second most efficient team on offense, but only 52nd on defense.

16. Vanderbilt (3-0) – If Vandy and IU both win their Maui openers, they’ll play Tuesday.

17. Notre Dame (3-0) – The Irish have scored at least 83 against three mostly blah opponents.

18. Miami (5-0) – I had the Hurricanes in my Top 25 from Day ONE -- and in basketball, not football, people.

19. Wichita State (2-1) – Some will drop the Shockers even lower for losing to Tulsa by 10. Can’t argue.

20. Cincinnati (4-0) – Mick Cronin is healthy—and so is his program.

21. LSU (3-0) – Antonio Blakeney and Ben Simmons are two of the seven highest scoring freshmen in the nation.

22. California (3-0) – Jaylen Brown is playing like a top 10 recruit, averaging 15.7 per game.

23. Xavier (3-0) – Former Eastern High star Remy Abell had a nice game as the Musketeers routed Michigan in Ann Arbor.

24. Louisville (3-0) – The Cardinals looked the part of a Top 25 team in the second half of the North Florida game. Ask the Ospreys.

25. Butler (3-1) – No shame in losing to Miami by 10 considering the way the Hurricanes have started this season

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