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January 26, 2010

Power rankings: Anderson fills the void

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

How did Oklahoma State manage to win at Kansas State last weekend without injured point guard Ray Penn? Simple: James Anderson just did the work of two men.

Anderson overcame constant double-teaming to score 30 points Saturday in the Cowboys' 73-69 upset of the 10th-ranked Wildcats, giving Oklahoma State its first road victory over a top-10 team since 1958. Oklahoma State was without Penn, who sat out with a sore knee.

The performance made Anderson the new No. 1 shooting guard in the Rivals.com College Basketball Power Rankings, which measure the nation's top performers at each position.

"James stepped up and played like the best player in the league," Kansas State coach Frank Martin said. "His point guard was [out], and he stepped up his play on short notice. That is what good players do. They make big plays for their team."

Anderson took over the top spot from Purdue's E'Twaun Moore, who averaged 17.5 points in victories over Illinois and Michigan last week.

The move by Anderson wasn't the only change atop the power rankings. Notre Dame's Luke Harangody regained his status as the nation's No. 1 power forward after averaging 27.5 points and 12.5 rebounds against Syracuse and DePaul last week. Harangody replaced Texas' Damion James, who was held to nine points in a loss to Kansas State before bouncing back with 23 points in a loss to Connecticut.

Georgetown's Greg Monroe took over as the No. 1 center. Monroe had 13 points and 11 rebounds in a 74-66 victory at Pittsburgh. He followed that up by compiling 21points, 14 rebounds and six assists in an 88-63 rout of Rutgers. Monroe moved ahead of Mississippi State's Jarvis Varnado, who shot 4-for-14 and scored only nine points Saturday in a 62-57 loss to Alabama.

Kentucky point guard John Wall, Ohio State small forward Evan Turner and Michigan State coach Tom Izzo remained atop their respective positions. Wall also maintained his status as the nation's top freshman. One major change this week was the removal of Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun, who will remain out of the coach rankings while he's on his medical leave of absence.

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