BootPowerRatings - 1/16

A funny thing happened last week - the BootComputer predicted almost every conference game correctly by way of its BPRs. Tree Boy has taken much pride in his sultry silicon sweetheart, and had very little tinkering to do for this week's ratings. The Mildcats and Card swap places, though face very different obstacles this week.

Pac-10 BootPowerRatings

As of 1/16/02

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
Standing alone atop the Pac at 5-0, the Rubbers are now THE team to beat in the west. This fact seems to have escaped the national media, as $¢ is currently 23rd in the rankings, good enough for only 5th best in the conference. A sweep in the desert should aid in correcting this oversight. []
Bested by their cross-town rivals on Thursday but in true Lavin fashion, dumped top seed Kansas on Saturday. Matt Barnes was crowned Player of the Week by just about every publication, including the Black Panther Press. It must be the tattoo. [Bruin Report Online]
3. Oregon
The Quacks continued their surprising run last week and have benefited from conference stalwarts Arizona and Stanford being in rebuilding modes. Question: if Luke Jackson takes a shot and it doesn't go in, did it count? [eDuck Sports]
4. Arizona
Keeping their half-century winning streak alive against Wazzu, Arizona finished the job by beating the Huskies. Allowing almost 80 points a game, the Mildcat defense is the worst in the league and will need to be improved upon if they stand any chance against the LA squads this weekend. []
5. Stanford
After gutting it out against those pesky Beavs, the Card couldn't fight off the offensive barrage that is Oregon. Stanford hasn't lost back-to-back games in 2 years and looks to continue that streak as they play host to the cellar dwellers. open head coaching slot at North Carolina. [The]
6. California
In a continuing series of punishments for the "Sucker Punch" incident, the hoop gods took away a late lead in Eugene from the weenies and strapped them with a loss. The flight back to Berkeley was delayed when freshman Amit Tamir tried to change his shoes. [CyberBears]
7. Arizona St.
After waiting patiently in line, the Sun Devils finally got on the roller coaster. The win against Oregon had hopes running high until a loss in Seattle brought them back down. The big question in Tempe this year is where in the hell did Awvee Storey's game go? Coming off a career year in which he lead the conference in rebounding, Storey is nowhere to be seen this year and was recently benched. []
8. Oregon St.
59, 45, 46, 50. Those are the point totals for the Beavs in their last 4 games against Stanford. Some investigation into the "under" on point spreads needs to be made. Although it doesn't appear to make a difference, the Beavers are playing with a 12-man roster for the first time in 3 years. [Beaver Sports Central]
9. Washington
Collected first (and possibly only) conference win against the Solar Satans on Thursday, and then went right back into the tank against the Kitties. Perhaps the only thing keeping Bob Bender motivated is his personal goal of not being mistaken for Ben Braun at the coaches meeting every year. []
10. Washington St.
Still looking for that first conference win. When he isn't busy giving legal advice to Kramer, head coach Paul Graham can be seen directing the black hole offense in which the ball goes into the post and doesn't come out. []

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