BootPowerRatings - 1/21

Midway into January, you might expect the BPRs to be relatively stable from week to week. But the BootComputer (unlike pollsters) has no memory. To reinforce that claim, look no further than this week's BootPowerRatings. The #4 team from last week is now scraping bottom, while Ernie Kent's boys have made a huge leap. For the most respected conference rankings and ratings around, read on!

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Pac-10 BootPowerRatings
As of 1/20/04

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
More than halfway home to a perfect regular season, the Trees have yet to hit their stride.  The next few weeks will provide the opportunity to raise their level of play, as opponents will no doubt continue to "bring it."  [The]
2. Arizona
Finding themselves at .500 in conference play for the first time in 18 years, the Cats had to make a statement in Pauley to save their season.  One 25-point shellacking later and "Tech" is not ready to concede the title to the Card just yet.  []
Despite his many shortcomings, you could always count on Slick-boy Lavin to make the annual Bruin game at Maples interesting.  Now it is Ben Howland's turn to play spoiler in what could be the first of many epoch battles in the seasons to come.  [Bruin Report Online]
4. USC
The Toejams got their split with the Sun State, but not in the way many would have guessed.  After running wild for three halves, SC ran out of gas in the final frame versus ASU.  When reading some of the players' quotes, you get the feeling they like to win to show Hank up, rather than reward him for being a good coach.  []
5. Oregon
You know things have gotten lean on the Duck hoop front when a home sweep of the Washington schools is referred to as "huge."  A personal milestone for Luke Jackson as he joined Sean Elliott, Todd Lichti and Toby Bailey as the only Pac-10 players to top 1,500 points, 600 rebounds and 300 assists in their careers.  [eDuck Sports]
6. California
Facing another blowout on the Farm, that Bouncing Brit, Richard Midgely, nearly made a game of it.  But to no avail.  The weenies extended their losing streak at Stanford to 11, and they still haven't won consecutive games anywhere against anyone since Feb of '03.  [CyberBears]
7. Arizona St.
With their NIT hopes hanging by a thread, the Demons responded with a 55-point second half outburst to win their first Pac-10 game of the season at the LA Sports Arena.  With that ugly monkey off their backs, maybe State U can get back to playing Rob Evans Ball!  []
8. Oregon St.
When the Beavs miss the Pac-10 tourney by one game, they can point the finger to the collapse they recently suffered at the paws of the Huskies.  Up 16 points with six minutes to play, the normally raucous Gill Coliseum crowd fell asleep, and the OSU defense followed suit.  []
9. Washington St.
Marcus Moore used to be the binding force of the Cougs, but ever since Dick Bennett arrived, he has been more of a detriment.  Moore is unwilling to buy into Dick's system at this point in his college career and continues to play an NBA style game with CBA style results.  []
10. Washington
Somehow UW found a way to score 49 points in 11 minutes, and it was just enough to secure their first conference victory, on the road no less.  Nate Robinson continues to be a one-man show, and pretty much the only show worth watching in Huskyville.  []

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