BootPowerRatings - 2/18

To further reinforce just how crazy this Wack-10 season has been, the BootComputer has now placed the team dead last who pushed Stanford closer to a loss than any other in the conference. In another chapter of insanity, we find a team from the Northwest in the top three of this week's BPRs... and they are not web-footed. For this week's dose of rants and ratings from Tree Boy, read on.

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Pac-10 BootPowerRatings
As of 2/18/04

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
Saturday's win not only set a school record for consecutive victories, it also ended a two-year losing streak at kal and had the added bonus of ruining "Domestic Violence Appreciation" night.  This weekend provides another photo-op for Desmon Farmer and Matt Lottich, as well as a shot at lucky #7 in Pauley.  [The]
2. Arizona
Zona finally ran into some teams that were content to do just that: run.  Throttling the La-La schools due to Salim Stoudamire's recently rediscovered stroke, maybe the Cats will ramp up their defensive effort to match.  Sure, and McKale will get a solid student section, too.  []
3. Washington
It takes different strokes to rule the world, yes it does.  Just ask Nate Robinson, who continues to lead the Huskies surge up the Pac-10 ladder.  Now go and do the conference a favor by knocking off the new media darling NC State Wolfpack.  []
4. California
When you can only muster second-rate celebrities to sit courtside at your biggest game... well... ever, then you can only expect second-rate results.  The weenies "Hung" themselves on the NCAA noose, and "Will" probably need to run the table to get an at-large bid.  [CyberBears]
5. Oregon
Despite a recent slide and lackluster play, the numbers suggest that the quackers still have a better than average shot at making the final 65.  The return of Aaron Brooks and a home game with Arizona give UO fans reason to cross their webbed fingers.  [eDuck Sports]
6. Washington St.
The improved play by Wazzu has prompted some smack talkers to come out of the woodwork and onto The Bootleg.  Tough lessons in woofing were quickly learned, as the Cougs dropped a home game to the Rodents.  []
Judging by the results in Westwood and the sustained level of success in Pittsburgh, I think it is safe to say that, "La-vin's Be-tter."  I'm going to set the over/under on Bruin fans howling for a Howland replacement at 1.5 years.  [Bruin Report Online]
8. USC
To prepare for Thursday's game against Stanford, Greg Guenther had some of his football teammates run some tackling drills with the hoops squad.  Henry Bibby called it the most inspiring practice he has seen all year, but then he kicked Farmer out for leading with his head.  []
9. Oregon St.
Although their split (and near sweep) in Washington wasn't enough to get back into the conference tourney picture, it did wash the Rats out of the sewer.  Like Phillip Ricci before him, David Lucas is emerging as the go-to guy in Corvallis.  []
10. Arizona St.
These guys better get used to being on the bottom, because even with Ike Diogu, they still stink.  Big, big game with OSU this week, if motivation to not be the worst is any motivation at all.  []

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