BootPowerRatings - 1/23

It's been California dreaming for the top spot in the BPRs all season, but with a shake-up at the top, new states speak to the #1 and #2 ratings. $C and UCLA drop a couple spots each after Arizona ran rough-shod through them in McKale last week. The BootComputer responded, and Tree Boy has plenty to say about some trouble folks in the Pac.

Pac-10 BootPowerRatings

As of 1/22/02

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. Oregon
Interestingly enough, although Oregon is leading the conference in scoring, they only have one player (Freddie Jones) in the top 10, and he barely makes it in at #9. Tough team to defend, but who’s the go-to guy down the stretch? [eDuck Sports]
2. Arizona
Chris Mills, Damon Stoudamire, Luke Walton?? That's right, Bill's Boy became the 5th player in Wildcat history to record a triple double when 'Zona torched the Trojans in Tucson. Another strong performance in the miraculous comeback against the Ruins earned "Bass" POW honors as he unofficially became the team MVP. []
3. USC
Looking for some nationwide respect, the Southern Gals sauntered into the Old Pueblo and proceeded to shoot themselves in the shin. Why not foot? $C's 25% from the field should answer that question. Someone should tell Desmon Farmer that in order for a headband to be useful you either 1) must have hair or 2) sweat. []
They said it couldn't be done. No team can give away a 20 point lead in 5 mins; it isn't possible. Well, 6 missed shots and 5 turnovers later, El Lay did the impossible. What made matters worse was the fact that 7 minutes remained in the game, just enough time for Arizona to catch their breath and then run off another streak to win by 10. Fi-re La-vin clap clap clap-clap-clap. [Bruin Report Online]
5. Stanford
Outscoring the Washington schools by 78, the Cardinal picked up some much needed momentum before embarking on the toughest road trip in the Pac-10. History is on Stanford's side as they haven’t lost at EITHER venue since the 96-97 season. [The]
6. California
No, the weenies haven’t folded...yet. Kal joined in the thrashing of the doormats last weekend and are still bunched amongst the conference title contenders. What they don't have in common with that company is a top-25 ranking, something they can certainly achieve with a sweep in LA. [CyberBears]
7. Arizona St.
Just like their football team, the Scum Devils flirt with upset, only to come up short time and time again. A win this last weekend would have gone a long way towards a tourney bid but as it stands now, ASU will have to bank on a Pac-10 tourney title to make it to the big dance. []
8. Oregon St.
Good news: the Rodents get to play 4 games against the Washington schools. Bad news: the River Rats must endure 4 games against the SoCal schools. The only bright spot looming on the horizon is a possible rematch with Arizona in the Pac-10 tournament. This will give Ricci and Co. a chance to avenge the two heartbreakers they have suffered this season. [Beaver Sports Central]
9. Washington
What can you say about those lovable mutts? They played dead against the Bay Area teams, that’s for sure. Do they know any other tricks? Like, say, how to hunt beaver or duck? We will find out this weekend. []
10. Washington St.
Perhaps Wazzu, like their in-state rivals, is just doing us all a favor by falling in line with their alphabetical placement. Don't worry Coug fans, like Rutgers was to kal, Centenary lies in wait on March 2 to end your season on a winning note. []

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