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February 23, 2010
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."
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.
The current rankings considered performances through Sunday's games. The rankings measure overall career performances as well as the results of the last week.
Steve Megargee is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.