After an eventful Feast Week, it's time to send a new Top 25 men's basketball ballot to the Associated Press.

I did not need to come up with a new No. 1 team in the wake of Duke's loss, though, because I have already been putting Louisville atop my ballot the past two weeks.

I also did not need to add Florida State to my ballot after its wins over Tennessee and Purdue because I already had FSU on my ballot last week.

I did evict three teams, though.

I booted Utah State after it lost at Saint Mary's.

I kicked out Texas Tech after it lost to Iowa and Creighton.

I evicted VCU after it lost to Purdue and Tennessee.

It was a great week of hoops, and we've got another week of big games coming up this week.

Here is the ballot:

1. Louisville (7-0) stays here after beating Western Kentucky. Next: the Cardinals host Michigan on Tuesday in a huge Big Ten-ACC Challenge duel, followed by a Friday game with Pitt. Will the Cards still be No. 1 on my ballot next week?

2. UVa (7-0) stays here after beating Maine. Next: a visit to Purdue in a big Big Ten-ACC Challenge game, followed by a huge home game Sunday with North Carolina.

3. Michigan (7-0) cracks my ballot here after beating Iowa State, North Carolina and Gonzaga to win the Battle 4 Atlantis. Great week. Next: the huge game with Louisville on Tuesday, and a Friday game with Iowa.

4. Kansas (6-1) moves up a spot on my ballot after beating Chaminade, BYU and Dayton (in OT) to win the Maui Invitational. Next: a huge game Saturday with Colorado.

5. Maryland (8-0) moves up three spots on my ballot after beating Temple, Harvard and Marquette to win the Orlando Invitational. Next: Wednesday against Notre Dame in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, and a Saturday game with Illinois.

6. Ohio State (7-0) moves up four spots after beating Kent State and Morgan State. Next: a huge game Wednesday at North Carolina in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, and a good Saturday game with Penn State.

7. North Carolina stays here after beating Alabama, losing to Michigan and beating Oregon in the Battle 4 Atlantis. Next: the huge game with Ohio State on Wednesday and the huge game at UVa on Sunday. Big week.

8. Gonzaga (8-1) moves up a spot after beating Southern Miss and Oregon and losing to Michigan in the Battle 4 Atlantis. Next: Wed. against Texas Southern and a huge game Sunday at Washington.

9. Dayton (5-1) cracks my ballot here after beating Georgia and Virginia Tech and losing in OT to Kansas in the Maui Invitational. Next: Tuesday against Houston Baptist and a big game Sunday against Saint Mary's in Phoenix.

10. Oregon (6-2) drops four spots after beating Seton Hall and losing to Gonzaga (in OT) and North Carolina in the Battle 4 Atlantis. Next: Sat. against Hawaii.

11. Kentucky (6-1) stays here after beating UAB. Next: Sat. against Fairleigh Dickinson.

12. Memphis (6-1) moves up a spot after beating N.C. State in Brooklyn. Next: Tuesday against Bradley and Sat. at UAB.

13. Duke (7-1) drops 10 spots after losing at home to Stephen F. Austin and beating Winthrop. Next: Duke, without Cassius Stanley, has a huge game at Michigan State on Tuesday in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, and an intriguing visit Friday to Va. Tech.

14. Michigan State (5-2) drops 10 spots after losing to Virginia Tech and beating Georgia and UCLA in Maui. Next: the huge game Tuesday with Duke in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge and a Sunday game with Rutgers.

15. Colorado (6-0) stays here after beating Sacramento State. Next: Wed. against Loyola Marymount and the huge game Saturday at Kansas.

16. Florida State (7-1) moves up nine spots after beating Chicago State, then defeating Tennessee and Purdue to win the Emerald Coast Classic. Next: Tuesday at Indiana in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge and a Sunday game with Clemson.

17. Seton Hall (6-2) drops five spots after losing to Oregon and beating Southern Miss. and Iowa State in the Battle 4 Atlantis. Next: Sunday at Iowa State.

18. Auburn (7-0) moves up one spot after beating New Mexico and Richmond to win the Legends Classic. Next: Thursday against Furman.

19. Arizona (9-0) moves up one spot after beating Pepperdine, Penn and Wake Forest to win the Wooden Legacy. Next: a huge game Saturday at Baylor.

20. Tennessee (6-1) drops two spots after losing to Florida State and beating VCU in the Emerald Coast Classic. Next: Wed. against Florida A&M.

21. Liberty (9-0) stays here after beating Kentucky Christian. Next: Monday against Trinity Baptist and Sunday against Grand Canyon in Phoenix.

22. Washington (5-1) stays here after an idle week. Next: Monday against South Dakota, Wed. against Eastern Washington and a huge game Sunday with Gonzaga.

23. Baylor (5-1) stays here after an idle week. Next: Tuesday against Maryland-Eastern Shore and the huge game Saturday with Arizona.

24. Villanova (5-2) stays here after beating La Salle. Next: Wed. against Penn and Sat. at St. Joe's.

25. For this last spot, I looked hard at San Diego State, Oklahoma State, Butler and West Virginia. But in the end, I decided to put Stephen F. Austin (6-1) on my ballot at No. 25. Yes, I know Stephen F. Austin has a loss this season at Rutgers, while the other four teams I eyed are unbeaten. But Stephen F. Austin won at Duke on Tuesday night in OT -- one of the best true road wins of the season so far. That's a better road win than the other teams I considered for No. 25 have. And then Stephen F. Austin won at Arkansas State on Saturday for a 2-0 week. So for this week at least, I salute Stephen F. Austin with my No. 25 spot. Next for the Lumberjacks: Monday against Arlington Baptist and a Friday visit to Alabama.

Contact Mark Berman at mark.berman@roanoke.com or 981-3125. Follow him on Twitter: @BermanRoanoke.

 

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