BootPowerRatings - 2/4

If there is one thing we might like to fix in the BPR code, it would be personnel corrections. When players become suspended, return to eligibility or get injured, we would like to see an adjustment in their computer ratings. For instance, the BootComputer still has your Stanford Cardinal with a rare perfect rating, and do we think that can really hold with the current PF injuries? For this and many other questions around the Pac-10, read on.

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Pac-10 BootPowerRatings
As of 2/3/04

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
This injury script is getting old fast.  Instead of handicapping the odds on Stanford winning it all, Cardinalmaniacs™ must now hold their breath until their senior power forward returns to the lineup... plus the sophomore power forward.  Until then, it is up to the rest of the squad to maintain the drive towards the #1 seed in the West.  [The]
2. Arizona
This weekend could be the beginning of the end for the Felines.  A loss to kal would drop them to 3rd, and a loss in Maples could potentially put Lute's Lads in a tie for 6th.  Should such an event transpire, that "B" word might start popping up in tournament talk.  []
3. Oregon
Have you ever had that dream where you felt like you moved in slow motion?  That feeling is probably the closest thing I can imagine as to how the Ducks felt in the 2nd half on Saturday.  You know those types of games just fuel the Monty-envy carried by Ernie Kent and his staff.  [eDuck Sports]
4. California
The buzz around Berzerkely is that this team is ready to make a run at 2nd place, starting Thursday with the team that holds that very spot.  It is hard to take the weenies seriously, considering they haven't seen the lighter side of a .500 record all year.  [CyberBears]
5. USC
Beating up on their big brother was a great tension relief for the Bibby's.  Now in a dogfight for conference tourney position, Hank doesn't have much time to practice his Telly Savalas impression anymore.  []
6. Washington
Only in this conference, this year, could a team jump from last place to within a whisper of 3rd place in one weekend.  Such is the case of the hounds, whose lead sled dog is one of the most electric players in the nation.  Is it just me or does this Husky team seem more like the Bruin teams we all knew and hated in the Lavin era?  []
During the last few seasons, the Bruins have been the only team to mix in a non-conference game during their rivalry week.  Now they know why the other nine won't do it.  fUcla laid an egg in NY and for all intents and purposes eliminated themselves from the Big Dance.  Strike one has just been pitched to Ben Howland.  [Bruin Report Online]
8. Arizona St.
If this train wreck of a season doesn't push Ike Diogu into the NBA early, you have to wonder if there is something going on behind the scenes, similar to what is being alleged in Boulder.  Bonus points to freshman Tron Smith's parents for selecting a name from a video arcade.  []
9. Washington St.
Alert the local paper: there has been a Tony Bennett sighting in the Palouse!  Although the son of the Cougar head coach can't carry a tune, he nearly pulled off the upset of the century against Zona.  The inspired play might give Dad something to look forward to upon his return, but more than likely it will just make him more upset when they lose to the Beavs.  []
10. Oregon St.
The award for most positive coach of the year has to go to Jay John, whom despite his teams inability to win games speaks more and more glowingly with each passing series.  Depending on how the Ducks rebound, this Saturday's game in Eugene could get the Rodents out of the cellar, or be their worst loss of the season.  []

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