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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) — Duke lost. That means 58 voters in the Associated Press college basketball poll had to find a new team to vote first on their weekly Top 25 ballots.

I picked Villanova, which had five first-place votes last week.

Many will favor Kentucky. A few might favor North Carolina. Indiana could add to the one first-place vote that Tom Crean’s team earned last week.

I wouldn’t argue with any of those choices. 

But here is my ballot:

1. Villanova (4-0) — The Wildcats’ victory at Purdue was the most impressive victory of the season — and they are the defending NCAA champions.

2. North Carolina (4-0) — A matchup with Oregon or Wisconsin would be an ideal ending to the Maui Invitational.

3. Kentucky (4-0) — Ken Pomeroy gives the Wildcats a win probability of at least 84 percent in their next six games.

4. Virginia (3-0) — Bravo to Tony Bennett for booting Memphis transfer Austin Nichols off the team after the kid played one game — even if diminishes the Cavaliers’ chances in the powerful ACC.

5. Louisville (3-0) — The Cardinals rank second (behind UVa.) in Pomeroy’s defensive efficiency metrics.

6. Indiana (3-0) — Cut back on the turnovers (26???) and the Hoosiers would be playing offense like a tremendous machine.

7. Kansas (2-1) — The Jayhawks inside game delivered better against Duke than it did against Indiana.

8. Duke (4-1) — The Blue Devils aren’t deep — and won’t be until they get healthy.

9. Arizona (3-0) — Anybody have word on Allonzo Trier?

10. Gonzaga (3-0) — Prezemek Karnowski is the next big thing in Spokane.

11. Baylor (3-0) — The Bears didn’t beat Oregon. They drilled the Ducks.

12. Oregon (2-1) — But let’s judge the Ducks after Dillon Brooks returns.

13. Purdue (2-1) — Matt Painter is still a great backcourt short of a top five team.

14. Creighton (4-0) — Let it be known that I was on the Bluejays’ bandwagon before they handled Wisconsin.

15. Saint Mary’s (3-0) — That was a solid victory the Gaels celebrated at Dayton Saturday.

16. Wisconsin (2-1) — The Badgers open play in Maui against Tennessee Monday.

17. Xavier (5-0) — Overtime against Missouri? Not impressed.

18. West Virginia (3-0) — Bob Huggins has played a Jim Boeheim schedule so far.

19. Florida (3-0) — Still my pick as the second-best team in the SEC.

20. Texas (3-0) — Shaka Smart has a team that can make three-point shots.

21. Syracuse (3-0) — Wake me up when the Orange visit Wisconsin next week.

22. Michigan (4-0) — The Wolverines are more deserving than Michigan State off their play over the first 10 days of the season.

23. Wichita State (4-0) — I thought the Shockers were going to slip after losing their dynamic starting backcourt. Wrong.

24. Rhode Island (4-1) —  Nice win over Cincinnati followed by a nice effort against Duke.

25. UCLA (4-0) — Steve Alford is bringing the Bruins to Rupp Arena Dec. 3.

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