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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- I just realized I did not share my AP college basketball Top 25 ballot last week.

Scott Satterfield’s trip North on I-71 flipped the conversation to something else.

Can’t let that happen two weeks in a row.

  1. Purdue (10-0) — The Boilermakers needed overtime to survive Nebraska — and lost Jeff Brohm.
  2. UConn (11-0) — In case you haven’t noticed, the Huskies have been smashing everybody, including the Alabama team that beat Houston.
  3. Virginia (8-0) — The Cavaliers host Houston Saturday. Be there.
  4. Kansas (9-1) — The Jayhawks never rebuild.
  5. Arkansas (9-1) — The Razorbacks will be a handful for everybody in the Southeastern Conference this winter.
  6. Alabama (6-1) — Nate Oats has two starters shooting 43% or better from three and counts on multiple freshmen.
  7. Arizona (8-1) — The Wildcats looked Final Four ready while handling Indiana, especially around the rim.
  8. Houston (9-1) — Kelvin Sampson’s team stopped scoring while blowing a 15-point lead in the second half at home against Alabama Saturday.
  9. Tennessee (9-1) — Three teams for Kentucky to worry about in the SEC? Yes, sir.
  10. Texas (7-1) — Five of the Longhorns’ wins have been against teams ranked 200 or lower by Ken Pomeroy. For all his bluster, Chris Beard schedules like a guy looking over his shoulder.
  11. UCLA (8-2) — The Bruins opened Pac-12 play by beating Stanford and Oregon.
  12. Baylor (7-2) — The Bears beat Billy Gillispie and Tarleton State.
  13. Kentucky (7-2) — UCLA will be a legitimate measuring stick for the Wildcats Saturday.
  14. Duke (10-2) — The Blue Devils are 2-1 against the Big Ten and Kyle Filipowski is one of my favorite freshmen.
  15. Indiana (8-2) — The Hoosiers need to get freshman point guard Jalen Hood-Schifino healthy.
  16. Gonzaga (7-3) — The Zags were fortunate to survive Kent State. In Spokane.
  17. Wisconsin (7-2) — The Badgers’ win at Iowa Sunday turned some heads.
  18. Maryland (8-2) — Kevin Willard’s team lost two games by 8 points last week, which happens when you don’t play at home.
  19. Memphis (8-2) — Can the Tigers back up their win over Auburn by winning at Alabama Tuesday?
  20. Illinois (7-3) — The Illinis threw in a real stinker against Penn State after giving Texas its first loss.
  21. Auburn (8-1) — Memphis was the Tigers’ first test — and they failed.
  22. Mississippi State (9-0) — That’s six SEC teams in my Top 25.
  23. New Mexico (9-0) — If the Lobos beat San Francisco Monday, Richard Pitino’s team will be 10-0 when Rick Pitino brings Iona to Albuquerque next Sunday. I hope it’s on television.
  24. Virginia Tech (10-1) — Only a 2-point loss to Charleston is keeping the Hokies from being unbeaten.
  25. Arizona State (9-1) — The Sun Devils’ only loss — to Texas Southern by a point in overtime —made me think two or three or four times about this.

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