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BOZICH | My weekly AP Top 25 college basketball ballot

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

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB ) — Then there were 11 — unbeatens in college basketball, that is.

Xavier, Virginia and Kentucky all moved off the list of teams chasing the 1976 Indiana national champions on Saturday.

Kentucky’s loss means there will be a new No. 1 team, even though it won’t be a new No. 1 team to me.

I’ve included nine of the unbeatens in my Top 25 and moved Baylor and UCLA considerably closer to the top.

Sorry, USC and TCU, two of the 11 unbeatens. I must see more.

Here is my vote in the Associated Press College Basketball Poll for the Top 25 that will be released Monday afternoon.

1. Villanova (8-0) — Please don’t take this as an I told you so, but I have been voting the Wildcats first all season.

2. Baylor (8-0) — Five of the Bears’ victories have come against teams ranked in Ken Pomeroy’s Top 50. I think that's good.

3. UCLA (9-0) — If you can win in Rupp Arena with a 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time tip, you’re legit.

4. Kansas (7-1) — Here’s a surprise: Baylor might be ranked ahead of the the Jayhawks, but Bill Self’s team is still the one to beat in the Big 12.

5. Duke (8-1) — Two of Coach K’s big three freshmen finally made their debuts over the weekend.

6. North Carolina (8-1) — I went to Bloomington Wednesday expecting to be dazzled by the Tar Heels. I left with questions about Roy Williams’ guards.

7. Kentucky (7-1) — We’ll find out how much the Wildcats learned from the UCLA loss when they meet UNC in Las Vegas Dec. 17.

8. Indiana (7-1) — Juwan Morgan and DeRon Davis have delivered with the extra minutes created by OG Anunoby’s injured ankle.

9. Louisville (7-1) — Nothing to worry about until the Kentucky game.

10. West Virginia (6-1) — I’d give the Mountaineers more love for beating Virginia, but they did lose to Temple.

11. Gonzaga (8-0) — Pomeroy has the Zags favored in every game until Feb. 11. 

12. Creighton (8-0) — Another team that I liked before the rest of the country caught on.

13. Wisconsin (7-2) — The Badgers had a nice week beating Syracuse and Oklahoma. 

14. St. Mary’s (6-0) — This is a quality team, which Western Kentucky will discover when the Hilltoppers travel to California next week.

15. Purdue (6-2) — The Boilermakers played Villanova and Louisville tough, but still lack a Top 100 win.

16. Virginia (7-1) — A home loss to West Virginia was nearly preceded by another home loss to Ohio State.

17. Butler (8-0) — Northwestern, Arizona, Utah are all quality wins.

18. Florida (7-1) — The Gators get Duke in New York City Tuesday.

19. South Carolina (8-0) — The Gamecocks won Sunday without Sindarius Thornwell, who has been suspended indefinitely by tough guy Frank Martin.

20. Xavier (7-1) — A 15-point loss to Baylor plus close calls against Missouri and Lehigh. Hmmm.

21. Oregon (7-2) — I think there’s still time for the Ducks to prove they’re a top five team.

22. Notre Dame (8-0) — The Irish play host to Fort Wayne Tuesday. That should be interesting to folks in Bloomington.

23. Cincinnati (7-1) — Mick Cronin’s team has a chance to climb when they visit Butler next weekend.

24. Virginia Tech (6-1) — Back to back wins over Nebraska and Michigan make the Hokies co-favorites to win the Big Ten.

25. Arizona (6-2) — I tried to find an alternative because frankly I’m not gaga about Sean Miller’s team.

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