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BOZICH | My AP College Basketball Top 25 ballot

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Rick Bozich included Louisville and Kentucky in his weekly AP college basketball Top 25 ballot. Rick Bozich included Louisville and Kentucky in his weekly AP college basketball Top 25 ballot.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Criticism is expected. Suggestions are inevitable. Questions are unavoidable.

This is my weekly ballot in the Associated Press College Basketball Top 25 poll. I know that your Top 25 is better than mine. I encourage you to share it — with an email to rbozich at wdrb.com.

Here goes.

1. Arizona (3-0) — The Wildcats’ opening streak of playing three nobodies will end when they play 4-0 North Carolina State Wednesday.

2. Duke (4-0) — If Grayson Allen averages 37 points, Mike Krzyzewski will win his 6th national title.

3. Kansas (3-0) — I’ve seen Bill Self lose on the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament with more talent than this.

4. Wichita State (2-0) — This is a formidable senior-led team that has a legitimate chance to win the national title.

5. Villanova (3-0) — Three easy wins for the 2016 national champions, who get Western Kentucky next on Wednesday.

6. Michigan State (2-1) — I’m not gaga about the Spartans’ guards.

7. North Carolina (2-0) — The Tar Heels visit Stanford tonight. 

8. Kentucky (3-1) — Ken Pomeroy’s projections do not have the Wildcats losing until they visit West Virginia in January, but somehow I do not expect this group to win the next 16 in a row.

9. Florida (3-0) — The Gators beat New Hampshire by seven a few days after Texas beat the Wildcats by 18. Maybe I should have voted for Texas, too.

10. Cincinnati (3-0) — The Bearcats are playing an exhibition schedule until December.

11. Miami (3-0) — The Minnesota-Miami game will be one of the best matchups of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge next week.

12. Notre Dame (3-0) — The Irish must be considered the favorite in Maui because they open with Chaminade.

13. Texas A&M (2-0) — Are the Aggies as good as they looked against West Virginia? We’ll see.

14. Purdue (4-0) — The Boilermakers had an impressive win at Marquette last week and have a chance for another with Tennessee this week.

15. Xavier (3-0) — Beat Wisconsin at Wisconsin, something a string of Big Ten teams never do.

16. USC (3-0) — Needed overtime to beat Vanderbilt.

17. Minnesota (4-0) — Michigan State is better, but I would not be stunned if the Gophers won the Big Ten.

18. Louisville (2-0) — The Cards have two games to tighten things up before that trip to Purdue next week.

19. Gonzaga (3-0) — The Zags just keep winning. Are you surprised?

20. Seton Hall (4-0) — Former U of L assistant Kevin Willard has his best team.

21. West Virginia (2-1) — We’ll find out more about the Mountaineers when they play Virginia — next week.

22. UCLA (3-0) — No cheap shoplifting jokes from me.

23. Saint Mary’s (3-0) — Four cruise-control wins from the Gaels, who might overtake Gonzaga this season.

24. Alabama (3-0) — The Crimson Tide get Minnesota next weekend. Measuring stick game.

25. Virginia (4-0) — Typical Tony Bennett. The Cavaliers rank first in Ken Pomeroy’s defensive efficiency category.

Dropped out (with authority): Northwestern.

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