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February 23, 2010

Power rankings: No changes at the top

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

The best players in the nation apparently are making sure they're heading into the postseason in peak form.

For the first time all season, there were no changes atop the Rivals.com College Basketball Power Rankings, which measure the nation's best performers at each position.

Kentucky's John Wall maintained his status as the nation's best point guard and the nation's No. 1 freshman. Wall was two assists away from a triple-double in an 81-75 overtime victory over Mississippi State. He followed that up by scoring Kentucky's final five points and making a critical block in the closing seconds of a 58-56 victory at Vanderbilt.

"Maybe he doesn't score 20-plus points," forward DeMarcus Cousins said after the Vanderbilt game. "He's still going to make key plays down the stretch that help the team."

Oklahoma State's James Anderson solidified his spot as the No. 1 shooting guard by averaging 25.5 points, 10 rebounds and three assists in victories over Iowa State and Baylor.

Ohio State's Evan Turner remained the nation's top small forward. Turner had 29 points, seven rebounds and five assists Wednesday in a 60-57 loss to Purdue. Four days later, he overcame flu-like symptoms to collect 20 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in a 74-67 victory at Michigan State.

"He did a tremendous job of battling through it," Ohio State coach Thad Matta said afterward. "You have to give him a lot of credit for how he played."

Texas' Damion James remains atop the power forward rankings for a second consecutive week after producing double-doubles against Missouri and Texas Tech. James averaged 15 points and 10.5 rebounds in those two games.

Georgetown's Greg Monroe held on to his position as the nation's No. 1 center. Monroe tallied 20 points and nine rebounds in a 75-71 loss to Syracuse.

Kansas' Bill Self continues to top the coach rankings after leading the Jayhawks to victories over Texas A&M and Colorado.

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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