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March 7, 2007

Power Rankings: Hansbrough moves up

Maybe this will make Tyler Hansbrough feel better as he nurses that broken nose.

The North Carolina sophomore has replaced Ohio State's Greg Oden as the No. 1 center in the Rivals.com Power Rankings.

Hansbrough delivered two consecutive double-doubles last week to move to the top spot in the power rankings, which measure the nation's top players and coaches at each position.

He started the week by collecting 16 points and 10 rebounds Thursday in an 84-77 loss to Georgia Tech. Hansbrough followed that up by compiling 26 points and 17 rebounds Sunday in an 86-72 victory over Duke that closed the regular season.

Hansbrough broke his nose in the closing seconds of the regular-season finale when he was hit in the face on a hard foul from Duke's Gerald Henderson. The injury won't prevent Hansbrough from playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference this week in Tampa, Fla.

Henderson was ejected from the game and suspended for the Blue Devils' matchup with North Carolina State in the first round of the ACC tournament.

Hansbrough's big move wasn't the only change at the top of the charts.

Ohio State's Thad Matta supplanted Texas A&M's Billy Gillispie as the No. 1 coach in the power rankings. Matta's Buckeyes have won 14 consecutive games, while Texas A&M lost to Texas 98-96 in double overtime last week.

Texas A&M point guard Acie Law, UCLA shooting guard Arron Afflalo, Wisconsin small forward Alando Tucker and Texas power forward Kevin Durant continue to lead their respective positions.

The player making the biggest move up the charts was Villanova's Scottie Reynolds, who was named the Rivals.com national freshman of the week after averaging 31 points in victories over Connecticut and Syracuse.

Reynolds moved up from No. 25 to No. 16 in our rankings of shooting guards.

We will update the rankings weekly throughout the rest of the season. For our purposes, the power rankings will reflect those games played Tuesday through Monday.

The rating of a player and coach can fluctuate each week, but the power rankings measure their overall careers as well as their most recent performances.

By the end of the season, our power rankings should provide an accurate indicator of which players were the best at their respective positions.

Click here to check out the complete Rivals.com College Basketball Power Rankings.



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