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World-Herald staff writer Jon Nyatawa submits an AP Top 25 ballot each Monday. This week, he has Virginia ranked No. 1.

As entertaining as it can be to debate over polls, computer rankings and season-long résumés, this is the time of year when college basketball teams can take control of the narrative themselves.

Forget the opinions of fans, analysts and experts.

If you’re legit, now you get to prove it. Win your conference tournament, and you get a berth to the NCAA tournament — where anybody can make a run.

This is where the real fun begins.

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Here are my Top 25 rankings this week:

1. Virginia (last week: 1)

2. Gonzaga (2)

3. Kentucky (4)

4. North Carolina (5)

5. Tennessee (3)

6. Texas Tech (8)

7. Michigan State (10)

8. Duke (6)

9. Florida State (11)

10. Michigan (7)

11. Purdue (9)

12. Houston (13)

13. LSU (12)

14. Kansas State (17)

15. Nevada (14)

16. Kansas (15)

17. Virginia Tech (18)

18. Wisconsin (NR)

19. Auburn (NR)

20. Buffalo (21)

21. Wofford (24)

22. Maryland (25)

23. Villanova (22)

24. Marquette (16)

25. Cincinnati (23)

Next 10 considered: Iowa State, Louisville, Baylor, Mississippi State, VCU, Utah State, UCF, Syracuse, Washington, Iowa

Dropped out

19. Baylor: The Bears have lost three in a row, and one of those defeats was a home loss to Oklahoma State.

20. Iowa State: The Cyclones suddenly look like a mess, too. They’ve lost three in a row, and five of their last six games.