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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) – It had to happen, especially with Denzel Valentine on the sidelines. Michigan State is very good, but not deep enough to keep winning without its best player. And the Spartans went down at Iowa City in their Big Ten opener.

So look for Kansas to follow North Carolina, Kentucky and Michigan State and become the fourth team ranked Number One this season.

Here is my weekly ballot.

1. Kansas (12-1) – Everybody knows the Jayhawks have Oklahoma Monday night, but don’t forget they have to beat Tubby Smith in Lubbock Saturday. And Tubby’s Texas Tech team is 11-1.

2. Oklahoma (12-0) – If the Sooners are unbeaten after playing Kansas and Kansas State this week, they’ll be number one.

3. Maryland (13-1) – Diamond Stone has scored 49 points in the Terps’ last two games. Beware.

4, Virginia (12-1) – Mike Brey couldn’t say enough nice things about the Cavaliers after they beat Notre Dame Saturday.

5. Michigan State (14-1) – The Spartans should have Denzel Valentine back soon.

6. North Carolina (13-2) – The Tar Heels have winnable road games with Florida State and Syracuse this week. But they are road games.

7. Arizona (13-1) – Toughest week of the season for the Wildcats – at UCLA and at USC.

8. Miami (12-1) – Syracuse could not score against the Hurricanes.

9. Xavier (13-1) – No shame in losing to Villanova. But plenty of questions after losing by 31. 31?

10. Kentucky (11-2) – We’ll know more about the Wildcats after they return from Louisiana State and Alabama.

11. Duke (12-2) – Brandon Ingram has averaged 21.9 his last seven games. He’s one and done.

12. Iowa State (11-2) – The Cyclones had Oklahoma beat Saturday night – until they didn’t. 

13. Louisville (12-2) – First ACC road opponent, North Carolina State, couldn’t beat Virginia Tech; second ACC road opponent, Clemson, has lost at home to Alabama and South Carolina.

14. Providence (14-1) – Keep waiting for the Friars to stumble. Hasn’t happened.

15, Villanova (12-2) – Huge win over Xavier, but I can’t forget the losses to Oklahoma and Virginia were by double figures.

16. SMU (13-0) – Several Mustangs’ fans wrote to argue that SMU deserved to be ranked higher. I bumped them up three spots.

17. West Virginia (12-1) – The most anonymous 12-1 team in America – even if Bob Huggins is the coach.

18. Texas A&M (11-2) – Billy Kennedy has a team to keep your eye on in the SEC.

19. Butler (11-3) – Rough, two-loss week for the Bulldogs – and they have to play Villanova Sunday.

20. Iowa (11-3) – Nobody had a better week than the Hawkeyes, who beat Michigan State at home and Purdue on the road.

21. Purdue (13-2) – I think the Boilermakers are really good, but both of their losses (Butler, Iowa) make you wonder what the heck happened.

22. Pittsburgh (12-1) – After beating Syracuse to start ACC play, the Panthers are starting to stir some respect.

23. Dayton (11-2) – Some people have forgotten the Flyers defeated Iowa. Not me.

24. South Carolina (13-0) – The Gamecocks start SEC play at Auburn Tuesday.

25. Connecticut  (10-3) – Somebody has to be ranked 25th, right?

DROPPED OUT: Cincinnati, Utah.

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