BOZICH | My weekly AP college basketball Top 25 ballot -- with a new Number One
Six of the top 10 teams in last week's AP college basketball Top 25 lost last week. That will lead to a major shakeup in the poll when it a new one is released Monday afternoon.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — This is the kind of week it was last week in college basketball:
*Four of the top five teams in the Associated Press Top 25 lost.
*Six of the top 10 lost.
*Ten of the top 15 lost.
*Fifteen of the top 25 lost.
That made for a fun Monday morning shuffling my ballot. Here is the result:
Villanova (14-1) — Should be ranked first but it won’t be unanimous. I expect support for West Virginia and Virginia.
Purdue (15-2) — I like the dynamics of Matt Painter’s team — and I know the Boilermakers lost to Western Kentucky.
West Virginia (14-1) — Bob Huggins’ best team since he had Kenyon Martin. They have a home win over Virginia.
Virginia (14-1) — It’s officially time to forget the Cavaliers’ 39-point game against Florida in the 2017 NCAA Tournament — until the 2018 NCAA Tournament begins.
Wichita State (13-2) — The AAC stacked the Shockers’ games with Cincinnati late in the season.
Texas Tech (14-1) — Not many teams win in Lawrence the way the Red Raiders handled Kansas.
Michigan State (15-2) — I’d love to be at Michigan State’s next practice.
Duke (13-2) — Guard somebody.
Oklahoma (12-2) — No points off for a loss at West Virginia.
Kansas (12-3) — This might be the year Kansas does not win the Big 12. Really.
Arizona State (13-2) — Solid win at Utah Sunday night.
Cincinnati (14-2) — Name Mick Cronin’s starting lineup. Name three of them. Didn’t think you could.
Seton Hall (14-2) — Bonus points for winning at Butler.
Gonzaga (14-3) — Mark Few is forever.
Xavier (15-2) — This team has a risky habit of falling way behind.
TCU (13-2) — Two home conference losses is not a way to impress voters.
North Carolina (12-4) — The Tar Heels were not expected to go back-to-back this season — and they won’t.
Kentucky (12-3) — Check the Wildcats’ road SEC schedule. Not pleasant. Plus there is that trip to Morgantown.
Clemson (14-1) — An in-person look at the Tigers Saturday told me they’ll win with defense not shooting.
Arizona (12-4) — Sean Miller is not gaga about this team. He said so.
Notre Dame (13-3) — Hard to see the Irish hanging in the Top 25 without Bonzie Colson.
Miami (13-2) — Louisville visits in two weeks.
Auburn (14-1) — Remember Bruce Pearl?
Creighton (13-3) — The Blue Jays visit Xavier Saturday. Worth a watch.
Ohio State (13-4) — Keita Bates-Diop has quietly become the best player in the Big Ten.
New: Auburn, Creighton, Ohio State
Dropped out: Texas A&M, Tennessee, Arkansas
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