BootPowerRatings - 3/3

Mike Montgomery has dodged discussion much of this year about an undefeated season, and we know his luke warm exuberance for national rankings. You have seen quotes-a-plenty in the media lately to back this up. But what you have not seen is his unbridled joy over what looks to be a shot at finishing the regular season with an unprecedented perfect BootPowerRating. San Antonio has nothing on this honor...

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Pac-10 BootPowerRatings
As of 3/2/04

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 juggernaut of a team has taken on a life of it's own, running teams right out of their shorts and screaming into the night.  This beast that cannot be stopped is headed up to Seattle this weekend to scope out a nesting point to which they will return after Selection Sunday is over.  [The]
2. Washington
Though they couldn't finish the job in North Carolina, the Pups did finish off the Kittens for their first season sweep in 16 years.  The last in what was a long line of teams that needed the Stanford game to push them off the bubble, UW brings their "flava" to a regional stage set by ABC.  []
3. Arizona
Mercifully, the conference season ends this weekend against the worst of the pack, the Scum Devils.  In what was arguably Lute's worst year of coaching ever, he stands one loss away from slipping into fourth place - this despite another starting lineup full of NBA types.  []
4. California
When we last checked in with the weenies, we wondered if the loss to the "Furd" would derail the momentum train they were riding.  Not only did the train come off the tracks, it hit a grove of trees and exploded.  You have to like their chances in the NIT though; you really do.  [CyberBears]
5. Oregon
And if kal can't pull off the title run in the "Best of the Rest" tourney, certainly Oregon can.  Once Luke Jackson departs, this team will look a lot different, for better or worse.  Until that day comes, we get to enjoy watching the Oscar winning small forward do his thing.  [eDuck Sports]
6. USC
So Midgley-Craven Round II has landed both Cravens a one-game suspension.  Bibby is going to return next season, claiming he was never worried because as he says, "I have proven myself against the best coaches in the country."  You gotta love $C.  []
Even if this current group isn't composed of Howland types, he better learn how to get them motivated because he will need them to win next season.  Until then, watching the Boo Hoo-ins flounder like this brings a smile to my face.  [Bruin Report Online]
8. Washington St.
Heading into the final weekend, the Cougs have a tenuous hold on the eighth and final slot in the Staples Shootout.  For a good look at what they will be up against should hold on to that spot, tune in to the massacre on Thursday evening.  []
9. Oregon St.
At their current rate of improvement, the Beavs should be ready to make a serious run at a conference title in the 2019-2020 season.  Fitting, as that is the same time the town of Corvallis is scheduled to finish their paved road project.  []
10. Arizona St.
Well I've run out of things to say about Abysmal State U, so here is an actual quote, complete with context: "We're not playing very well, but we're playing. Let's play basketball." - Coach Rob Evans' comments over the PA to Sun Devil fans after a plastic water bottle was thrown on the court during the Washington game.  []

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