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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) – I won’t see Oklahoma in person until the NCAA Tournament. But I was impressed by what I saw on television in the Sooners' comeback victory at Louisiana State Saturday.

Still Number One.

But I’m looking forward to watching North Carolina Monday night when the Tar Heels visit Louisville. I’m still thinking UNC will be Number One.

As for the locals, I gave Kentucky a five-spot bump because that was a dazzling effort at Kansas Saturday. The rotation is emerging for John Calipari.

A five-spot drop for Louisville, which was outplayed at both ends by Virginia. The schedule is about to stiffen.

A four-spot drop for Indiana, which needs to play better defense than the Hoosiers played in the second half against Minnesota.

On to my ballot.

1. Oklahoma (18-2) – Buddy Hield didn’t win the Wooden Award at LSU Saturday night, but he placed both hands on the trophy and squeezed.

2. North Carolina (19-2) – It won’t be a 63-47 game at the KFC Yum! Center Monday.

3. Iowa (17-4) – No penalty for a six-point loss at Maryland. Not from me.

4. Kansas (17-4) – If Wayne Selden Jr. keeps playing like that, the Jayhawks should be playing on the final weekend in Houston.

5. Maryland (19-3) – The Terps host Purdue Saturday in the Game of the Week in the Big Ten.

6. Villanova (18-3) – The Wildcats have a payback trip to Providence Saturday.

7. Texas A&M (18-3) – Nice bounce-back win over Iowa State after that three-point loss at Arkansas.

8. Xavier (19-2) – Home games with St. John’s and Marquette this week position the Musketeers to climb.

9. Virginia (17-4) – I’m only saying nice things about the Cavaliers until further notice.

10. Michigan State (19-4) – The Spartans’ next two are on the road with Michigan and Purdue.

11. SMU (19-1) – The Mustangs visit Houston and Kelvin Sampson Monday night. Worth a look.

12. West Virginia (17-4) – Another team trending the wrong direction with three losses in the last five games.

13. Purdue (19-4) – Beware: The Boilermakers’ next three road games are Maryland, Michigan and Indiana.

14. Kentucky (16-5) – If you believe in good losses, and I do, Kentucky benefited from its performance at Kansas Saturday.

15. Louisville (17-4) – Rick Pitino knew the schedule was about to change – and the potholes have arrived.

16. Wichita State (16-5) – I watched the Shockers dispatch a solid Evansville team on the road Sunday. They’re back.

17. Miami (16-4) – Losing to North Carolina State by 16 is alarming.

18. Providence (18-4) – Friars’ fans like to squawk that their team is underrated, but Providence has lost three of its last seven.

19. Baylor (17-4) – Keep an eye on the Bears, who have won seven of eight.

20. Iowa State (16-5) – The Cyclones couldn’t overcome a jumbo disparity at the foul line at Texas A&M.

21. Indiana (18-4) – Not a bad loss in overtime at Wisconsin. Not a great victory at home against Minnesota.

22. Oregon (18-4) – The Ducks just swept Arizona and Arizona State on the road. Probably deserve to be higher.

23. VCU (16-5) – Being unbeaten (8-0) in the Atlantic 10 means something.

24. Notre Dame (15-6) -- Keep an eye on the Irish. They’re in a four-way tie for third in the ACC.

25. Arizona (17-5) – Sean Miller ripped his team after the Wildcats lost to Oregon at home. I don’t blame him.

Dropped out: Duke.

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