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February 16, 2010

Power rankings: Anderson riding high again

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Oklahoma State guard James Anderson's recovery from a rare sour performance helped him earn sweet revenge.

One week after he was held to 10 points in a loss to Texas Tech, Anderson matched a season-high by scoring 31 points Saturday in a 97-76 rout of Oklahoma. The performance helped Anderson regain his status as the nation's No. 1 shooting guard in the Rivals.com College Basketball Power Rankings, which measure the nation's top performers at each position.

Oklahoma State avenged a 62-57 overtime loss to Oklahoma from last month. In the first meeting between the teams, Oklahoma began its comeback when Anderson temporarily left the game after hitting his head on the floor.

"The first game there, I think we had a pretty good chance of getting a good road win and we needed it," Anderson told reporters after Saturday's game. "But things happen like they happened down there and we just came up short. That's why we had to get revenge this game."

Anderson took over the top spot in the rankings from USF's Dominique Jones, who had replaced him in the No. 1 position last week. Jones was 6-for-21 from the floor while scoring 16 points Saturday in a 63-52 loss to Marquette.

Texas' Damion James and Notre Dame's Luke Harangody continued to trade places atop the power forward rankings. This week, it's James' turn to take over the top spot after he averaged 18.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 blocks in games with Kansas and Nebraska last week. Harangody bruised a bone in his right knee in a 90-87 loss to Seton Hall, then sat out the Irish's 68-67 loss to St. John's.

The other change at the top came in the coach rankings. Kansas' Bill Self moved into the No. 1 position on the strength of the Jayhawks' victories over Texas and Iowa State. Self moved ahead of Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, whose team lost at home to Louisville on Sunday.

Kentucky point guard John Wall, Ohio State small forward Evan Turner and Georgetown center Greg Monroe remained atop their respective positions. Wall also maintained his status as the nation's No. 1 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.

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Steve Megargee is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at smegargee@rivals.com.

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