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BOZICH | My weekly AP college basketball Top 25 ballot

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Rick Bozich moved Louisville ahead of Kentucky on his AP college basketball Top 25 ballot. Rick Bozich moved Louisville ahead of Kentucky on his AP college basketball Top 25 ballot.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball computer power formula calculates that Louisville (ranked 8th) is better than Kentucky (ranked 12th).

Jeff Sagarin’s college basketball computer power formula sees an even larger spread between the teams, ranking the Cardinals first in his predictor formula and the Wildcats 30th.

Even the Ratings Percentage Index, created by the NCAA, has gotten on board, ranking Louisville 27th and UK 32nd.

Who am I to argue with a mathematical slam dunk?

After a weekend of upsets and surprises, I made a change or two in my Associated Press college basketball Top 25 ballot. And if you tell me you had U of L ranked ahead of Kentucky all along, you forgot to send me an email in November.

1. Michigan State (12-0) – When are the Spartans finally going to stumble? I wouldn’t be surprised if it happened in their Big Ten opener at Iowa, Dec. 29.

2. Kansas (9-1) – The only team to beat the Jayhawks is the team that I ranked ahead of Bill Self’s team.

3. Oklahoma (8-0) – I haven’t seen much of the Sooners, but this note did register: Oklahoma beat Creighton by 13 and Indiana beat the Blue Jays by 21.

4. Maryland (10-1) – The Terps have won their last four by an average of 23 points.

5. Xavier (11-0) – A coach that I respect told me this week that the X-Men are Final Four good this season. We’ll see.

6. Virginia (9-1) – It’s about time to forgive the Cavaliers for losing at George Washington, which ain’t bad.

7. North Carolina (9-2) – The losses to Northern Iowa and Texas are troubling, but the Tar Heels have five wins over Top 75 teams.

8. Arizona (11-1) – Ryan Anderson, the transfer Sean Miller recruited from Boston College, is the Wildcats’ best player.

9. Miami (9-1) – Three ACC teams in my top 9, six in my Top 25. Not shabby.

10. Butler (9-1) – Don’t be deceived by the final score – the Bulldogs dominated Purdue on a neutral court Saturday.

11. Louisville (9-1) – How will the Cardinals handle the absence of Mangok Mathiang? Time for Raymond Spalding, Chinanu Onuaku, Anas Mahmoud and Jaylen Johnson to deliver.

12. Kentucky (9-2) – The Wildcats have lost twice – and if you believe Ken Pomeroy’s projections they are going to lose a half-dozen more.

13. Duke (9-2) – Injured Amile Jefferson is a veteran who the Blue Devils are really going to miss.

14. Purdue (11-1) – I confess: I don’t understand how the Boilermakers got pushed around by Butler Saturday.

15. Iowa State (9-1) – Couldn’t beat Northern Iowa. Lucky to beat Iowa. The Cyclones have some explaining to do.

16. Providence (11-1) – Just thought I’d mention that the Friars are only the fifth-best team in the Big East in the Pomeroy numbers, trailing Kevin Willard’s Seton Hall squad.

17. Villanova (8-2) – Typical Jay Wright team. Talented. Capable of winning a lot of games. But not really a legitimate threat to win the NCAA Tournament. Soft.

18. West Virginia (9-1) – Pomeroy says that Bob Huggins’ non-conference schedule has been almost as friendly as Rick Pitino’s.

19. SMU (9-0) – Did somebody say that Larry Brown was interested in coaching in the NBA again?

20. George Washington (10-1) – One Colonials’ fan was so appreciative that I ranked GW last week that he sent an e-mail to thank me. Keep writing – rbozich@wdrb.com.

21. Texas A&M (9-2) – The Aggies, for the record, have beaten Texas, Gonzaga, Kansas State and Baylor. Again, not shabby.

22. Pittsburgh (9-1) – I took another look at the Panthers after I noticed they defeated Davidson by 25 points Saturday. Won’t be an easy place to play.

23. Dayton (8-2) – Wins over Vanderbilt and Iowa score points with me.

24. Cincinnati (10-2) – Applause for Mick Cronin, please. The Bearcats have already played three road games – and won two of them.

25. South Carolina (10-0) – No, I did not advance the Gamecocks but I did consider it after they beat Clemson.

Dropped out: Baylor, Notre Dame, UCLA.

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