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.
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.
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 Bootleg.com]
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. [CatTracks.net]
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]
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]
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. [WeAreSC.com]
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? [Dawgman.com]
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]
Arizona St. [BPR=60]
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.
Washington St. [BPR=54]
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. [Cougfan.com]
Oregon St. [BPR=53]
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. [BeaverFootball.com]
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