By Rick Bozich
WDRB Sports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Indiana and Western Kentucky started Sunday with a chance to make my Top 25 ballot for the Associated Press college basketball poll.

The Hoosiers and Hilltoppers finished Sunday short of the list — a tip-in and several free throws by IU, a longer list for Rick Stansbury’s WKU team.

The season goes on — and the Top 25 goes on without them.

1. Duke (3-0) — Best team ever.

2. Kansas (3-0) — Not the best team ever.

3. Gonzaga (3-0) — Best team on the West Coast.

4. Michigan (5-0) — Best team in the Big Ten.

5. Tennessee (3-0) — Best team in the SEC.

6. Virginia (3-0) — Best team at playing things their way.

7. North Carolina (4-0) — Best team with two road wins.

8. Nevada (3-0) — Best team I have not seen since March.

9.   Kansas State (4-0) — Best team Bruce Weber has put together since Illinois.

10. Michigan State(3-1) - Not the best team in Michigan

11. Virginia Tech (4-0) — Best team to beat Purdue.

12. Kentucky (3-1) — Best team that has not figured it out.

13. Auburn (3-0) — Best reason for Tigers’ fans to forget the Iron Bowl.

14. Mississippi State (3-0) — Best team to make Ben Howland relevant again.

15. Florida State (2-0) — Best team that was idle last week.

16. Ohio State (4-0) — Best team getting overlooked.

17. Buffalo (3-0) — Best mid-major.

18. UCLA (3-0) — Best team with a timid schedule.

19. Iowa (4-0) — Best team in New York City last week.

20. TCU (3-0) — Best team that’s not fun to watch.

21. Oregon (3-1) —  Best team with Bol Bol in the lineup.

22. Wisconsin (3-0) — Best bounce back team.

23. Texas (4-0) — Best team to beat Arkansas.

24. Clemson (3-0) — Best team still agonizing over Zion Williamson.

25. Furman (5-0) — Best team to beat two teams (Loyola, Villanova) from the 2018 Final Four.

Newcomers: Ohio State, Iowa, Furman.

Dropped out: Villanova, Syracuse, Marquette.

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