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January 4, 2011

Power rankings: Moore like it for Purdue

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

Purdue has done just fine without injured star forward Robbie Hummel. Senior guard E'Twaun Moore is a big reason.

Moore sank seven 3-pointers and matched a career-high with 31 points Saturday in an 82-69 victory over Northwestern. He has averaged 20.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists to help Purdue (13-1) withstand the loss of Hummel, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during an October workout.

The 31-point outburst against Northwestern came just three days after Moore had 21 points and nine rebounds in an 80-57 rout of Michigan. His recent surge has made him the new No. 1 shooting guard in the Rivals.com College Basketball Power Rankings, which measure the nation's top performers at each position.

"It's been a work in progress for him," Purdue coach Matt Painter said. "He keeps making improvements in different areas. He's done a great job rebounding the basketball for us this year, for instance. He's a very confident guy. When he's making the right play and letting the game come to him, I wouldn't trade him for anyone in the country. He's got some toughness to his game, especially on the defensive end."

Moore took over the top spot in the rankings from Baylor's LaceDarius Dunn, who has gone 18-of-55 from the floor in his past three games.

The shift at shooting guard represented the only change at the top of the power rankings. Connecticut point guard Kemba Walker, Duke small forward Kyle Singler, Arizona power forward Derrick Williams, Ohio State center Jared Sullinger and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski remained atop their respective positions. Sullinger also continues to top the freshman rankings.

We also had a position switch lower in the power rankings, as Butler's Matt Howard moves from center to power forward. Howard began the season as more of a de facto center for Butler, but he has been playing power forward more often since 6-foot-11 sophomore Andrew Smith moved into the Bulldogs' starting lineup.

This represents the first Tuesday edition of the power rankings, which took into account all games that were played through Sunday. The rankings will be updated each Tuesday for the rest of the regular season.

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



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