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March 25, 2008

Curry leads pack in tourney power rankings

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Rivals.com has established a reputation for its Power Rankings in basketball, football and baseball. Why not a special NCAA Tournament edition of the Power Rankings?

There are only 16 teams remaining in the tournament. Of course, they're known as the Sweet 16. But who has been the sugary sweetest?

We've decided to rank the top eight at each position, from teams remaining in the field. The rankings are based solely on this season's tournament performance.

Point Guards | Shooting Guards | Small Forward | Power Forward | Centers

NCAA Tourney Power Rankings: Point Guards
1. Ty Lawson, North Carolina
He's averaging 20 points, shooting 72.2 percent (13 of 18) and has 11 assists without a turnover.
2. Derrick Rose, Memphis
The freshman has scored 17 points in each game and is averaging 7.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 turnover per game.
3. Scottie Reynolds, Villanova
Jay Wright moved him to the point for good with the caveat that the sophomore continue to score. At 23 points per game, he has followed directions.
4. Tyrone Brazelton, Western Kentucky
The senior came up huge against Drake with 33 points. He's averaging 24 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds.
5. Drew Lavender, Xavier
He's averaging 15.5 points and 5.5 assists. He's 9-for-19 from the floor and 3-for-6 from beyond the arc.
6. Trevon Hughes, Wisconsin
He's averaging 16.5 points, including leading the Badgers with 25 against Kansas State. He has seven assists and five steals.
7. Jason Richards, Davidson
He has played all but four minutes in the first two rounds. He's averaging 17.5 points, and has 14 assists and just four turnovers. He's also 14 of 17 from the line.
8. Darren Collison, UCLA
He's averaging 13 points of 9-for-17 shooting (including 6-for-10 from 3-poiint range), with four assists.
NCAA Tourney Power Rankings: Shooting Guards
1. Stephen Curry, Davidson
The Wildcats' sophomore is averaging 35 points and shooting better than 50 percent (13 of 25) from 3-point range. He also has eight steals.
2. A.J. Abrams, Texas
The 5-11 junior has bailed out D.J. Augustin with 26 points and six 3-pointers in each game.
3. Alex Ruoff, West Virginia
He has been sensational, shooting 60.9 percent (14 of 23) and averaging 19 points and 5.0 rebounds.
4. Courtney Lee, Western Kentucky
The senior has led the Hilltoppers to the Sweet 16 by averaging 22 points and 8.0 rebounds.
5. Chris Douglas-Roberts, Memphis
"CDR" is showing a well-rounded game, averaging 20.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.
6. Wayne Ellington, North Carolina
Everyone on the Heels is shooting lights out so far, including the sophomore (63.6 percent for 18 points per game).
7. Mario Chalmers, Kansas
Chalmers has given the Jayhawks 16.5 points per game, stellar shooting (12-of-21), five steals, six assists and just one turnover.
8. Michael Flowers, Wisconsin
The Badgers don't put up big offensive numbers, but Flowers has averaged 12 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists in addition to playing solid defense.
NCAA Tourney Power Rankings: Small Forwards
1. Kyle Weaver, Washington State
The senior is more or less a point forward, averaging 14.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals. He is also heading a ferocious defense.
2. Tyler Smith, Tennessee
The Iowa transfer continues to make big plays at key times. He's averaging 14.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists.
3. Brandon Rush, Kansas
One of the many Jayhawks weapons, Rush is averaging 15 points and 6.0 rebounds.
4. Da'Sean Butler, West Virginia
The slashing Butler has shot a sizzling 63.2 percent (12 of 19) and is averaging 13.5 points and 6.0 rebounds.
5. Andrew Lovedale, Davidson
Lovedale has come up huge for the Wildcats with 11.5 points per game and 9.0 rebounds per game to help out the superb backcourt.
6. Derrick Brown, Xavier
The sophomore had a huge game against Georgia with 19 points and 11 rebounds, and he's shooting 73.3 percent (11 of 15).
7. Joe Alexander, West Virginia
He may have tried to shoulder too much of the load so far, given his dismal shooting percentage (32.3 percent; 11 of 34). However, he's still averaging 18 points and 9.5 rebounds.
8. Raymar Morgan, Michigan State
The sophomore hasn't put up big numbers (9.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg), but he has taken good shots (69.2 percent; 9-for-13).
NCAA Tourney Power Rankings: Power Forwards
1. Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina
He hasn't been called on to deliver a high-scoring game yet, but he's still averaging 19 points and 8.0 rebounds.
2. Damion James, Texas
He is the leading rebounder left in the tournament (13 rebounds per game), and he's also averaging 13 points.
3. Wayne Chism, Tennessee
The sophomore has put together two solid games, with 16 points in each and a total of 12 rebounds.
4. Earl Clark, Louisville
No other team has its leading scorer in the tournament (14.5 points per game) coming off the bench.
5. Josh Duncan, Xavier
The Musketeers have a load of options, and Duncan is a good one. He is averaging 18 points and 6.5 rebounds.
6. Brook Lopez, Stanford
The Cardinal didn't need him much against Cornell, but he delivered 30 huge points against Marquette in the second round.
7. Darrell Arthur, Kansas
With KU spreading the wealth, he has managed 13 points and six rebounds per game and is shooting 66.7 percent (12 of 18).
8. Deon Thompson, North Carolina
Thompson is shooting 87.5 percent (14 of 16) and has four blocks.
NCAA Tourney Power Rankings: Centers
1. Kevin Love, UCLA
The freshman has been sensational, averaging 19.5 points, 10 rebounds and 5.5 blocks. He has also dropped in four 3-pointers.
2. Robin Lopez, Stanford
Robin has been the more consistent twin in the postseason, averaging 16 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.0 blocks.
3. Joey Dorsey, Memphis
Dorsey delivered in the clutch against Mississippi State with 13 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks.
4. Aron Baynes, Washington State
The junior is averaging 12.5 points and 9.5 rebounds and shooting 68.7 percent (11 of 16).
5. Connor Atchley, Texas
The 6-10 center has done his part 13.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 blocks to steer the Longhorns to Houston.
6. Goran Suton, Michigan State
Suton is shooting 62.5 percent (10-of-16) and averaging 10 points and 9.0 rebounds.
7. Brian Butch, Wisconsin
The "Polar Bear" is averaging 11.5 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Badgers.
8. David Padgett, Louisville
The numbers 8.5 points per game and 3.0 rebounds are modest, but there isn't a coach in the tournament who wouldn't love to have his intelligent play and leadership.

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Bob McClellan is the college basketball editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at bmcclellan@rivals.com.

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