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December 16, 2008

Power rankings: Few changes at the top

Rivals.com Power Rankings by Position: PG | SG | SF | PF | C | Head Coach | Freshmen

It was a lighter-than-normal men's basketball schedule last week because many schools were in the midst of exams. As we learn in this version of the power rankings, there were some passing and failing grades on the court as well.

The only change at the top came in the small forward rankings. Pittsburgh's Sam Young passed Arizona State's James Harden for the No. 1 spot. Young had 19 points in 25 minutes of playing action in his lone game last week, against Maryland-Baltimore County. Harden scored nine points and grabbed four boards in a 59-58 overtime victory over IUPUI.

Tennessee suffered a surprise loss, and as a result a few Vols took a slight hit in our rankings. Christmas came early for coach Bruce Pearl's Vols as in Temple's Dionte Christmas. The Owls knocked off Tennessee 88-72, and Christmas scored 30 of his 35 points in the second half.

Players and coaches who moved closer to the top spot in their respective categories included Arizona's Jordan Hill, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski (whose team was idle), Arkansas' Courtney Fortson and Michigan's Manny Harris. Because there were fewer games this week, there was less movement than normal in our rankings.

The power rankings 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.

Rivals.com Power Rankings by Position: PG | SG | SF | PF | C | Head Coach | Freshmen

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