BootPowerRatings - 2/19

In a conference where there is little to separate the top six teams in mid-February, Tree Boy's BPRs are more valuable than ever. Oregon holds on yet again to the top spot, while Arizona takes a predictable dive after their dive in El Lay. Read on for the latest quips on French judging, Oregon's scoreboard controversy and more.

Pac-10 BootPowerRatings

As of 2/19/02

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
The Duckies spent their bye week by disposing of the rival Beavs, and now an equally daunting challenge awaits when the Washington schools travel to Mac Court. Rumor has it that during halftime of the Husky game, the Duck scoreboard will show a sequence of pictures depicting the impending termination of Bob Bender. [eDuck Sports]
2. Stanford
The Card's winning streak against the state of Washington now stands at 22 games. No other team in the conference can boast such a streak, and no team is hotter than the Card, winners of their last 4 contests. Now the stretch run towards yet another Pac-10 title begins, starting with the Trapping Trojenz on Thursday. [The]
3. USC
After hitting a mid-season skid which saw Henry's chaps lose 3 of 5, the Toejams are right back in the mix, thanks to a resurgence from David Bluthenthal. If $C wants to remain on top, they need to pick up a pair of wins in No. Cal, a trip that has not been kind to them in recent years. []
4. Arizona
Two gut-wrenching losses in La La Land have the Kittens back on their heels again. The last time Zona was in this situation, they rebounded to sweep the Bay trip. Lute is still waiting to hear from the league office regarding the reversal of the traveling call by the French judge late in the $C game. []
A big win followed by an embarrassing loss has become the M.O. in Westwood ever since Slick Stevie took over, and last weekend was no exception. Jason Kapono continued his assassin style shooting against Arizona, but couldn't get a touch in the waning seconds of the loss to Tempe Tech. Something has to give in the Bay this week, as both games can be labeled as "Big." [Bruin Report Online]
6. California
Apparently the weenies are still not ready to run with the big boys of the league, and even worse, had to endure the taunts and jeers on the plane ride home for their "Slip-up in Seattle." With their postseason fate still very much in limbo, the Barely Bears need to come out of hibernation for the last two weeks if they want to extend their NCAA Tournament streak to a whopping 2 years in a row. [CyberBears]
7. Arizona St.
Looking like they had packed it in for the season against the Southern Gals, ASU tricked the Ruins and came out on the winning end in Pauley for the first time in 15 years. Still, the Sol Diablos will need a very strong finish and a deep run in the conference finals if they want to go shopping for dancing shoes. []
8. Oregon St.
In case you missed it (and I'm sure you did) the Furred Ones were victorious in their venture out of conference play Monday night. That's right; those same Portland Pilots that upended the Quacks went down to the Beavs. Proving that the transitive property does not exist in sports, OSU was slaughtered by UO just a few days earlier. [Beaver Sports Central]
9. Washington
Although they had no shot to beat Stanford, the Boot Computer had visions of a Berzerkeley Beating, and the Pups made it happen. That monumental win puts UW in the drivers seat for the 8th and final spot in the conference tourney, pending the outcome of their showdown with the River Rats. []
10. Washington St.
Despite losing 15 of their last 16 games, the Cougs are still mathematically alive in the hunt for the final spot in the Pac-10 tournament. Ok, now back to reality, where the countdown to the Centenary game stands at 11 days. []

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