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December 25, 2007
Roy Williams jumps to top of power rankings
The No. 1-ranked team in the nation now has the No. 1 coach in Rivals.com's power rankings.
North Carolina's Roy Williams surged to the top spot in the coaching rankings, replacing Georgetown's John Thompson III after the Hoyas suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday, an 85-71 loss at No. 2 Memphis.
The top-ranked Tar Heels (11-0) dominated their most recent opponent, rolling to a 105-70 win over a 10-2 UC-Santa Barbara team on Saturday. It was the fourth time the Tar Heels have broken the 100-point barrier this season, and five players scored in double figures for UNC.
Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Memphis' John Calipari moved up to Nos. 3 and 4 in the coaching rankings after each of their teams grabbed signature nonconference wins. The Spartans gave Texas its first loss, 78-72 in Auburn Hills, Mich., on Saturday.
None of the top spots among the players changed, but there were some significant moves.
Memphis' Joey Dorsey jumped to the No. 4 spot among centers. Dorsey put together his best game of the season against the Hoyas, scoring 11 points, grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds and blocking three shots. Dorsey also played a big role in slowing down Georgetown's Roy Hibbert (ranked No. 1), who was held to six points and never got to the free-throw line.
Pittsburgh's Levance Fields jumped up seven spots to No. 17 in the point guard rankings. Fields hit a clutch 3-pointer in the final seconds and scored a game-high 21 points to lift the No. 6 Panthers to a dramatic 65-64 win over No. 10 Duke in New York City on Thursday. It was the Blue Devils' first loss of the season.
The rating of a player and coach can fluctuate each week during the season depending on how they fared the previous week, but the power rankings measure overall career performances as well as their most recent results.
By the end of the season, our power rankings should provide an accurate indicator of which players and coaches were the best at their respective positions.
Andrew Skwara is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.