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February 8, 2011

Power rankings: No changes at top

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

The best players in college basketball emerge from the nation's best teams.

So it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that the lack of changes atop the national polls also produced plenty of stability in the Rivals.com College Basketball Power Rankings, which measure the nation's top performers at each position.

Just as the top five teams in The Associated Press poll remained unchanged from last week, the same guys who topped our power rankings last week continue to lead their respective positions.

Ohio State's Jared Sullinger remains the nation's No. 1 center and top freshman. Sullinger averaged 18 points, 14 rebounds and 2.5 assists in victories over Michigan and Minnesota while producing a double-double in each contest. Ohio State's ability to remain unbeaten also helped Thad Matta continue to lead the coach rankings.

BYU's Jimmer Fredette gained the upper hand in his tug-of-war with Connecticut's Kemba Walker at the point guard spot by maintaining the No. 1 position for a second consecutive week. Fredette scored 26 points in a 69-62 victory over Wyoming and followed that up with 29 points and seven assists in a 78-64 triumph over UNLV.

Duke's Nolan Smith maintained his status as the nation's No. 1 shooting guard by scoring 21 points in an 80-62 rout of Maryland and tallying 20 points in a 76-52 waxing of North Carolina State. Smith pulled down six rebounds in each game, and he also dished out seven assists against North Carolina State.

Texas' Jordan Hamilton continues to lead the small forward rankings after averaging 18 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in victories over Texas A&M and Texas Tech.

The nation's No. 1 power forward remains Arizona's Derrick Williams, who has helped the Wildcats surge to the top of the Pac-10 standings. Williams had 21 points and eight rebounds in a 78-69 victory at Stanford, and he recorded 12 points and 18 rebounds before fouling out of a 107-105 triple-overtime win at California.

This week's power rankings take into account all results through Sunday's games. The rankings put a special emphasis on recent performances while also taking career achievements into consideration.

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, and you can click here to follow him on Twitter.

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