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BOZICH | My weekly AP college basketball Top 25 ballot

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Rick Bozich shares his weekly AP college basketball Top 25 ballot. Rick Bozich shares his weekly AP college basketball Top 25 ballot.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Not much churn in my Associated Press Top 25 college basketball ballot. Not many games. Not many losses.

Let’s get started – and celebrate the arrival of conference play.

1. Michigan State (13-0) – The Spartans survived their first game without Denzel Valentine, but start Big Ten play with trips to Iowa and Minnesota.

2. Kansas (10-1) – Is this the year the Jayhawks finally fail to win the Big 12? Most folks say, “No.”

3. Oklahoma (10-0) – The Sooners start Big 12 play with Iowa State and Kansas. Nothing shy about that.

4. Maryland (11-1) – The Terps still are not a trendy pick in the computer rankings. Don’t ask me why.

5. Xavier (12-0) – At Villanova Thursday. Sorry, football playoffs. That’s a must watch for me.

6. Virginia (10-1) – The Cavaliers start ACC play Saturday with a visit from Notre Dame.

7. North Carolina (10-2) – The Tar Heels won’t be an underdog in an ACC game until they visit Louisville Feb. 1. Doesn’t mean they won’t lose one.

8. Arizona (12-1) – Can Utah or Oregon challenge the Wildcats in the Pac 12? I doubt it.

9. Miami (10-1) – The Hurricanes are two points short of perfection.

10. Butler (10-1) – The Bulldogs get Providence, another strong conference opener. Hooray, Big East.

11. Kentucky (10-2) – The Wildcats made their three-point shots when it counted against Louisville.

12. Duke (9-2) – The Blue Devils have two more cruise control non-conference games before starting ACC play.

13. Iowa State (10-1) – Three of the Cyclones’ last four games have been decided by two points or less.

14. Louisville (11-2) – Ken Pomeroy has the Cards’ favored to win their first 10 in the ACC.

15. Purdue (12-1) – Wisconsin ain’t Wisconsin, but Madison is still the place where the Boilermakers start Big Ten play.

16. Providence (12-1) – Remember, the Friars’ only loss was to Michigan State.

17. Villanova (9-2) – The Wildcats have two losses, but both have been by double figures.

18. West Virginia (10-1) – Pack your toothbrush. The Mountaineers play their next three games on the road.

19. SMU (11-0) – The Mustangs could lose Tuesday at Tulsa. Write that down.

20. Texas A&M (9-2) – The Aggies start SEC play with Arkansas next weekend.

21. Pittsburgh (10-1) – If the Panthers beat Syracuse Wednesday, more people will vote for Jamie Dixon’s team.

22. Dayton (9-2) – Did you know Dan Patrick graduated from Dayton?

23. South Carolina (11-0) – Time to meet the final unbeaten in the SEC. Frank Martin, it’s your turn.

24. Cincinnati (10-3) – Two of the Bearcats’ three losses have been by a basket.

25. Utah (10-2) – Delayed recognition for beating Duke.

Dropped out: George Washington.

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