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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) – The final game that I charted Sunday has ended.

Villanova rolled into Hinkle Fieldhouse and handled Butler by five. That qualifies as a quality win for the Wildcats.

With Kentucky losing at Louisiana State, Louisville losing at Clemson and Indiana beating Wisconsin and Ohio State, the local teams were on the move on my Associated Press Top 25 ballot.

Read along. You can file any dissents with an email to rbozich@wdrb.com. I’ll share the best arguments in a column during the middle of the week – as long as you keep the language civil.

1. Kansas (14-1) – Beating Oklahoma at home and Texas Tech on the road was a very nice week. Now keep it up.

2. Oklahoma (13-1) – The Sooners are one jump shot shy of being Number One. No penalty for that.

3. Maryland (15-1) – Melo Trimble for the win? Yesss. Yesss. Yesss.

4. Michigan State (16-1) – Denzel Valentine is back – and the Spartans get their rematch with Iowa Thursday night in East Lansing.

5. North Carolina (15-2) – The only ACC team with four victories, and the Tar Heels earned the last two on the road.

6. Miami (13-1) – The Hurricanes visit a very perturbed, puzzling and disappointing Virginia team Tuesday.

7. Villanova (14-2) – The Wildcats have beaten Xavier, Creighton and Butler, three of the better teams in the Big East.

8. Duke (14-2) – Some people say Blue Devils’ freshman Brandon Ingram could overtake Ben Simmons as the first pick in the NBA Draft. Not me. But some people.

9. Xavier (14-1) – For some reason, Xavier is ranked first in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) Sunday.

10. SMU (15-0) – The Mustangs will be asked to win twice on the road this week, but should be able to navigate East Carolina and Tulane.

11.  West Virginia (14-1) – Bob Huggins and Company get their crack at Kansas Tuesday in Morgantown. Definitely worth a look.

12. Texas A&M (13-2) – Props to the Aggies, who have won two of their three SEC games on the road.

13. Arizona (13-3) – A lost weekend in Los Angeles – a 3-point loss to UCLA, followed by a four-overtime loss to USC and the news that freshman guard Allonzo Trier will miss at least four weeks with a broken hand.

14. Virginia (12-3) – Losing to Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech isn’t like losing to Duke and North Carolina. What’s wrong with the Cavaliers?

15. Iowa (12-3) – A strange nine-day break in the schedule will end when the Hawkeyes visit Michigan State Thursday.

16. Kentucky (12-3) – A home game with Mississippi State followed by two more road games means John Calipari’s team will start SEC play with four of its first six games away from Rupp Arena.

17. Louisville (13-3) – Rather than miss 17 of 18 three-point shots again, Trey Lewis and Damion Lee should take the ball to the rim a few more times.

18. Providence (14-2) – Losing at home to Marquette is not a good way to chase a Big East title.

19. Pittsburgh (14-1) – The Panthers will carry a 10-game winning streak into the KFC Yum! Center Thursday night.

20. South Carolina (15-0) – The Gamecocks have a reasonable chance to stretch their winning streak to 17 against Alabama and Missouri this week.

21. Iowa State (12-3) – The Cyclones have lost three of their last six and face road trips to Texas and Kansas State this week. No surprise if they lose again.

22. Butler (12-4) – The Bulldogs have lost three of four and need Kellen Dunham to shake his shooting slump.

23. Purdue (14-3) – The loss to Butler was interesting. The loss to Iowa was avoidable. But the loss to Illinois Sunday was flatly alarming. I won’t be surprised if the Boilermakers exit the Top 25.

24. Indiana (14-3) – The Hoosiers have won nine straight, but more importantly they’ve improved their defensive efficiency for three straight games.

25. USC (14-3) – Baylor, St. Mary’s, Gonzaga, Michigan, UConn, St. Mary’s, Oregon and Wichita State all have reasons to complain.

Dropped out: Dayton, UConn.

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