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BOZICH | My weekly AP college basketball Top 25 -- with a new Number One

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Louisville and Kentucky are in the top 10 in Rick Bozich's AP college basketball ballot. Louisville and Kentucky are in the top 10 in Rick Bozich's AP college basketball ballot.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — If you don’t watch the Academy Awards, there is a wonderful way to invest your time: By finishing your ballot for the Associated Press college basketball Top 25 earlier than usual.

I’m not Siskel nor Ebert. But I do have a Top 25.

1. Kansas (26-3) — This doesn’t appear to be one of those Kansas teams that will lose to Stanford or Northern Iowa, but you never know.

2. North Carolina (25-5) — The Tar Heels can put a bow on the ACC regular-season title Monday night at Virginia.

3. Villanova (27-3) — It’s fair to wonder if the Wildcats have handed the top spot in the East Regional to the Tar Heels by losing three league games.

4. Gonzaga (29-1) — The Zags didn’t need the extra pressure of being unbeaten, right?

5. Louisville (23-6) — The Syracuse beatdown was the Cards’ sixth double-digit ACC win.

6. Oregon (26-4) — But you could put UCLA or Arizona here.

7. UCLA (26-3) — But you could put Oregon or Arizona here.

8. Arizona (26-4) — But you could put Oregon or UCLA here.

9. Kentucky (24-5) — Malik Monk gives Kentucky a puncher’s chance against anybody.

10. West Virginia (23-6) — The Mountaineers have a chance to sweep Baylor Monday night.

11. Baylor (23-6) — The mojo is missing from a team that has lost five of its last eight. I don’t care how good the Big 12 is.

12. SMU (25-4) — If Larry Brown was the coach, nobody would question the Mustangs.

13. Florida State (23-6) — The Seminoles are still in play for the second-seed in the ACC Tournament.

14. Florida (23-6) — The Gators could use one more shooter, but couldn’t everybody?

15. Butler (23-6) — How do you beat Villanova and Xavier twice but lose to Georgetown and St. John’s?

16. Purdue (23-6) — The Boilermakers can secure the Big Ten title by beating Indiana Tuesday night. It doesn’t get any better than that in West Lafayette.

17. Notre Dame (22-7) — If you don’t enjoy watching this team play, that’s on you.

18. Wichita State (27-4) — My fellow voters have been too slow to recognize the Shockers.

19. Saint Mary’s (26-3) — At least the Gaels haven’t lost to BYU.

20. Duke (22-7) — For a team that was picked to cruise to the ACC title, the Blue Devils are getting a pass for a so-so season

21. Cincinnati (25-4) — In case you missed it, the Bearcats lost to Central Florida Sunday.

22. Iowa State (19-9) — Check the Big 12 standings. The Cyclones are tied with West Virginia for second.

23. Miami (20-8) — I wouldn’t want to play the Hurricanes in March.

24. Wisconsin (22-7) — The Badgers have two home games to regroup from losing four of their last five.

25. Virginia (19-9) — The Cavaliers also have two home games to create a big finish.

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