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January 12, 2010

Izzo surges to top of latest power rankings

Rivals.com Power Rankings: PG | SG | SF | PF | C | Freshman | Head Coach

Michigan State's surge to the top of the Big Ten standings also resulted in a boost for Tom Izzo.

The Spartans' victories over Wisconsin and Iowa last week helped make Izzo the new No. 1 coach in the Rivals.com College Basketball Power Rankings, which measure the nation's top performers at each position.

Izzo moved ahead of Kansas' Bill Self, whose team suffered its first loss of the season Sunday at Tennessee after slipping past Cornell at home four days earlier.

Izzo's rise to the top of the power rankings highlighted an eventful week for Big Ten teams in the power rankings.

Ohio State's Evan Turner returned to the power rankings following his return to the court after missing more than a month with broken bones in his lower back. Turner had been rated as the No. 1 small forward before the injury caused him to exit the power rankings. He returns as the No. 2 small forward, behind Syracuse's Wesley Johnson.

While Turner moved back into the power rankings, Wisconsin's Jon Leuer moved out. Leuer fractured his left wrist Saturday against Purdue and is out indefinitely. He will be removed from the power forward rankings until he returns to action.

Izzo's move represented the only change at the top of the power rankings. Johnson, Kentucky point guard John Wall, Purdue shooting guard E'Twaun Moore, Notre Dame power forward Luke Harangody and Kansas center Cole Aldrich remain atop their respective positions. Wall also maintained his status as the nation's No. 1 freshman.

The current rankings considered performances through Sunday's games. The rankings measure overall career performances as well as the results of the past week.

Rivals.com Power Rankings: PG | SG | SF | PF | C | Freshman | Head Coach

Steve Megargee is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at smegargee@rivals.com.

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