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January 4, 2006Don't tell college basketball players the regular season doesn't count. Most view every game as a chance to prove themselves, others are fighting to put their teams in a position for a high seed in the NCAA Tournament and some are looking to raise their own NBA stock.
All that competition is reflected in the latest edition of the Rivals.com's College Basketball Exchange. Several significant moves were warranted after last week's games.
The biggest came in the point guard position where Villanova's Randy Foye took over the No. 1 spot from UCLA's Jordan Farmar. The versatile senior is averaging 20.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. He only needed 25 minutes to score 20 points in the Wildcats' 98-57 thrashing of La Salle on Dec. 22 and nearly pulled off a triple double in a 75-53 win over Temple on New Year's Eve, scoring nine points, grabbing ten boards and dishing out nine assists.
Virginia's Sean Singletary rose from No. 6 to No. 3 as he continues to emerge as a major scoring threat. The sophomore is averaging 17.4 points a game and has scored in double figures in eight of 10 games.
There were also three new additions in Pittsburgh's Carl Krasuer (No. 8), Gonzaga's Derek Ravio (No. 9) and Florida's Taurean Green (No. 10). Krauser has led the Panthers to an 11-0 start, which included wins over South Carolina (58-51) and Wisconsin (73-64) last week. Green has raised his scoring average from 3.9 to 12.5 since last season, which has helped the Gators get off to a surprising 13-0 start.
Another big shift came at the wing position where Washington's Brandon Roy moved from No. 7 to No. 2 after scoring 35 points in the Huskies' dramatic loss to Arizona in double-overtime last week. Roy made several clutch shots in the final minutes, including a miracle 3-pointer between two defenders to force the second overtime. Roy also dropped 35 in the Huskies' 91-67 win over Arizona State two days earlier.
Marquette's Steve Novak makes his debut at No. 13 after scoring a career-high 41 in the Golden Eagles' 94-79 upset of No. 2 Connecticut Tuesday.
In the power forward/center category, LSU's Glen Davis moved up three spots to No. 5. Few big men have been reliable than "Big Baby," who has scored in double figures in all 12 of the Tigers' games and already racked up six double-doubles.
West Virginia's Kevin Pittsnogle moved up five spots to No. 8 as he continues to prove to be the best shooting big man in college basketball. He is shooting 47 percent from 3-point range and scored a combined 59 points in the Mountaineers' wins over Oklahoma (92-68) and Canisius (80-68).
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