Boot Power Ratings™

Check out the latest installment of our BootPowerRatings™ (BPRs) for Pac-10 hoops as we move into the third week of play with key matchups being contested up and down the West Coast. Another interesting week as the Pac hits the 20% mark (18 conference games in the books). Bruins show who's boss, Ducks hold serve at home, Tempe gets bragging rights over Tucson, Huskies continue to dog it.

Pac-10 BootPowerRatings
As of 1/16/08

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 wide range of factors rumored to include: past results, statistics, common-opponent comparative results factor, strength-of-schedule, home-venue 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.

Tempted to dock the Bruins for allowing the backdoor cover vs. UW (guess who I had), but their semi-comfortable win over WSU cemented their #1 status. Annoyingly efficient frosh Kevin Love is averaging a whopping 1.89 points per field goal attempt and thus far has refused to sample any of the yummy mushrooms I've mailed him. USC this week's victims.  [Bruin Report Online]
2. Washington St.
Hit 10 of 19 from deep in routing USC, but that was just a warm-up as Cougs nailed 13-21 against UCLA, including 7 in the last 1:37. Glad to see wunderkoach make the same strategic move as the rest of the sheep coaches. Derrick Low sits most of the first half vs. Bruins with 2 fouls and WSU trails by 13 at the break. He scores 24 points in the 2nd half and while never even picking up foul #3, their late flurry was fun but they never really threatened. Shutout alert! OSU visits Thursday.  []
3. Oregon
Home bay sweep puts Ducks at the head of the clump for this week; we'll see what they are made of as they visit a desperate Washington and then face Wazzu in a rare Sunday night game. Lilliputian Tajuan Porter broke out of his 5-game scoring slump by scooting past the Stanford backcourt but continues to clang the deepest 3s in the league: 4-31 in his last 6 games.  [eDuck]
4. Stanford
The Cardinal buried OSU early, taking a 19-point halftime lead against the Bad News Beavers. The ugly 2nd half is best ignored, but it was something of a precursor to the Oregon game. In the most annoying loss of the season, the 4 players 6'8" and over shot 20-34 from the field, 12-of-14 from the line and scored 52 points. The other 5 guys went 5-23, an amazing 1-of-11 from the line and scored 14 points. Look for the squad to take out its frustration this week in two huge home games vs. the Arizonas. []
5. Arizona St.
The Boot Computer still isn't sure what to make of the Satans. A 3-0 start already tops last seasons win total, but they have yet to leave their home court. The fans rushed the court for the overtime win over Arizona, but the Cats were Bayless-less. Trips to Northern California frequently provide enlightenment; let's see how precocious conference scoring leader James Harden does on his first Pac-10 road trip.  []
6. California
Weenies also split the Oregon roadie, but won by less and lost by more than the Beloved Cardinal. Upside is limited by the fact that their top three scorers - Ryan Anderson, Patrick Christopher and Jerome Randle – all have "two first names" syndrome.  [The Bear Insider]
7. Arizona
Tough OT loss at ASU sans Bayless was followed by an impressive 14-point road win over previously 11-2 Houston. Cats' big 3 of Hill, Budinger and Bayless is putting up 51 a game between them, but this is the thinnest Arizona squad in years. Predict fatigue hurts them more on Saturdays than Thursdays, which doesn't help Stanford this week.  []
8. USC
Trounced in the 2nd half by WSU, pulled away in the 2nd half to top UW, Team Prophylactic takes a 1-3 record into Pauley this week. Probably best to beat them now before they figure things out.

"I must pause for one fast second and say a fast word about oral contraception. I was involved in an extremely good example of oral contraception two weeks ago. I asked a girl to go to bed with me, and she said 'No.'" - Woody Allen.  [SCPlaybook]

9. Washington
Jon Brockman came to UW as a guy who was supposed to do the dirty work for the team full of stars Lorenzo Romar put together. Suddenly, as a junior, he finds himself a veritable one-man team, accounting for 25% of their points and 30% of their rebounds. A pooper scooper was needed for the mess the Husky backcourt left in Los Angeles, perhaps some home cooking can get them on track this week vs. pair from Oregon.  []
10. Oregon St.
Breaking 40 at WSU this week will be an accomplishment. In honor of their ongoing ineptness, the Beavers will be the recipient of an appropriate classic sports quote each week until they chalk up a "W."

"We can't win at home. We can't win on the road. As general manager, I just can't figure out where else to play." – Pat Williams, Orlando Magic, 1992.  []

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