BootPowerRatings™ - 1/14

The last time Tree Boy checked in with his Pac-10 basketball BootPowerRatings™, it was March of 2003. Arizona and Stanford were riding high as the top two teams in the Pac; some things don't change. But the BootComputer also had UCLA and Wazzu as conference doormats at the time, which has completely changed today. Check out the first edition of '04 for these famed rankings and comments for the new order out West...

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Pac-10 BootPowerRatings
As of 1/13/04

Below are our exclusive BootPowerRatings™ of the Pac-10 conference. Each week during the basketball season, we will release our secret-formula rating of all teams of the Pac-10. The BootPowerRating™ (BPR) is calculated by utilizing a range of factors rumored to include: past results, statistics, common-opponent comparative results factor, strength-of-schedule, home-arena environment, cheerleader attitude and an unrevealed school spirit multiplier. The resulting rating score falls within a 1-100 scale, where 100 approximates a championship-bound team and a score of 1 is somewhere south of D-1.

1. Stanford
Like a pitcher on the verge of a perfect game, sitting alone at the end of the bench, no one is coming close to this Cardinal team.  As Bootleggers argue about where this team ranks all time, the team is only focused on returning home to face kal, hoping to hear chants of "Down by 50."  [The]
2. Arizona
A little too high on cat nip after spanking a couple of conference foes, Arizona fell out of the tree and didn't land on all fours Saturday.  How the kittens perform in Pauley will show if Lute still has his magic coaching touch or not.  []
For the last 6 years, everyone blamed Stevie Lavin for the Jekyll and Hyde play of the Bruins.  But under new coach Ben Howland, EL Lay nearly lost to Vermont, did lose to the Gauchos, and then nearly beat Kentucky.  The Westwood roller coaster will feature a couple of desert riders this weekend.  [Bruin Report Online]
4. Washington St.
Everyone is raving about Final Four coach Dick Bennett joining the Pac-10, but no one seems to care what happened to Paul Graham.  It's as if he just fell off the face of the Earth, or he took an office job somewhere in Pullman, which is essentially the same thing.  []
5. USC
Derrick and Errick, Lodrick and Rodrick - no wonder there is so much confusion down in Compton.  Instead of running some kind of twin fantasy camp, maybe Hank should concentrate on building a basketball program.  Until then, $C's play can be described as erratic at best.  []
6. California
Unable to win consecutive games so far this season, the weenies are every bit the inconsistent team they were pegged to be.  Youth is one element, playing some tough pre-season games is another, but the biggest factor is that they simply aren't very good.  [CyberBears]
7. Arizona St.
The Devil Dogs played their best game of the year last Thursday night, and they still lost in a nightmarish, deja-vu flashback style.  With only a bagel to show for wins in Pac-10 games, ASU is a long shot to make a return trip to the NCAA tourney.  []
8. Oregon St.
After beating their rivals for the first time in five years, OSU chomped down the nets at Gill Coliseum.  They didn't really, but I bet they wanted to.  []
9. Oregon
Now that Luke Ridnour is gone, Luke Jackson in finding that being the main Hobbit isn't as much fun as he thought.  Despite his orgy of points and rebounds in Corvallis, Luke couldn't carry his team to victory as he will have to do so many more times this season.  [eDuck Sports]
10. Washington
Since the BPRs' inception in 2001, the Huskies have been in the cellar, but at least they have always had the Cougs down here to keep them company.  Now that WSU has surged to #4, Nate Robinson and Co. will have to learn how to play nicely with the Ducks.  []

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