(Hoops!) BootPowerRatings™ - 1/9

How crazy is this start to the Pac-10 season: Oregon sweeps the Mildcats, kal beats Stanford, and UCLA has yet to drop a stinker. Tree Boy and the BootComputer have been busy processing the early season data and have now produced the first BPRs of the New Year. Check out these proprietary ratings, and priceless commentaries.

Pac-10 BootPowerRatings

As of 1/09/02

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. USC
Returning 3 starters from last years Elite 8 squad and leading the Pac-10 early on, the Trojans are nowhere to be seen in the national polls. This oversight has head man Henry "Hank" Bibby irritated to the point that he finally implemented his rule that keeps red shirt freshmen from sitting with the team. [WeAreSC.com]
Stumbling out of the gates with losses to Ball State and Pepperdine, the Bruins have rebounded by feasting on the Washington schools. Stevie Lavin raised some eyebrows in Westwood this weekend when he scrapped the "Bozeman at Point" project in favor of the much more promising "Kapono at the Point" project. The next three weeks are going to make or break the Bruins, as 5 of their next 7 opponents are ranked. [Bruin Report Online]
3. Oregon
Much like their conference brethren, the Mallards have been Jekyll and Hyde. 3 straight losses to UMass, Portland and Minnesota followed by 2 drubbings of Arizona and then capped off by a loss to the Sun Devils. I wonder why we haven't seen any Wooden Award billboards for their space-eating center Chris Christoffersen. [eDuck Sports]
4. Stanford
The up and down season continued this past weekend when the Card spanked the weenies on Friday and then laid an egg two days later. Maybe it was the fumes emanating from the out Haas? No truth to the rumor that Montgomery is interested in the soon-to-be open head coaching slot at North Carolina. [The Bootleg.com]
5. Arizona
"I'm shocked!" Those were the words of Midnight Lute after his team opened the season with wins over Maryland and Florida. Now we know why. On a track to lock up a tourney bid in January, Luke Walton went down to injury and the Cats went with him. After losing the season series to the Ducks, the Kitties had to rally from a 21-point deficit, at home, against the Beavers. [CatTracks.net]
6. California
Penalized heavily by the Boot Computer for their fans' antics after their Haley's Comet-esque win on Sunday night, the weenies still find themselves on the outside looking in. Apparently the victory by Braun was impressive enough to elicit a lifetime contract offer from AD Steve Gladstone. Anyone else notice the striking resemblance between Shantay Legans and those blue aliens from Galaxy Quest? [CyberBears]
7. Arizona St.
Arizona State: the forgotten team. The Solar Satans are generally viewed as the team that contenders stub their toes on in the title hunt. Perennially a bubble team, the new conference tournament just might get Rob Evans over the hump this year. [DevilsDigest.com]
8. Oregon St.
The good news is that Ricci-Masten-Jackson form one of the strongest frontcourts in the Pac-10. The bad news is that guard Brandon Payton is NOT the second coming of Gary. The Rodents could have used The Glove to prevent a devastating collapse in Tucson that probably ruined their season. [Beaver Sports Central]
9. Washington
Well, what do you expect from a squad whose two returning starters are 4th and 5th respectively in scoring on their own team? Do you think Bob Bender is missing Dan Dickau right about now? The hot topic on the Husky hoops board is how long until Todd MacCulloch loses his job to Jason Collins. [Dawgman.com]
10. Washington St.
After helping his fellow Cougs set records in football, Mike Bush will try to bring that winning attitude to his basketball teammates. He might have better luck petitioning the Pac-10 to count Wazzu's win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff as the equivalent to a win over Duke. [Cougfan.com]

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