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February 2, 2010
Power rankings: James moves back on top
James scored 20 points and pulled down a career-high 19 rebounds in Saturday's game before fouling out in the final minute of overtime. The performance might not have earned Texas a win, but it did allow James to regain his status as the No. 1 power forward in the Rivals.com College Basketball Power Rankings, which measure the nation's top performers at each position.
"The turnovers hurt us toward the end," James said after the game. "It's my fault. I've just got to be a better leader of this team."
Earlier in the week, James set a Big 12 record by compiling his 49th career double-double with 28 points and 13 rebounds in a 95-83 victory over Texas Tech. He added one more double-double against Baylor.
James' move represented the only change at the top of the power rankings. Kentucky point guard John Wall, Oklahoma State shooting guard James Anderson, Ohio State small forward Evan Turner, Georgetown center Greg Monroe and Michigan State coach Tom Izzo stayed atop their respective positions. Wall also remained the nation's top 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.
Steve Megargee is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.