Boot Power Ratings™

A sweet week to be a Robber Baron, not so sweet if you are a Carnivora Ursidae. In the Pac-10, if team A beats team B and team B beats team C, A is in big trouble when C comes to town. Plenty of movement after a wild week out west.

Pac-10 BootPowerRatings
As of 1/23/08

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.

That had to hurt. Bruin fans wait patiently each year for football season to end so they can get revenge on their cross-town rivals on the hard court, getting handled at home was not in the program. Westbrook learns that the trip from hero to goat is a short one, Love bricks some chippies and the Guys in Girlie Colors chuck up 26 three-pointers while losing to the quicker Trojans. They might be a tad testy up in Oregon this week.  [Bruin Report Online]
2. Washington St.
Cougs do exactly as expected while sweeping the Oregon schools at home. OSU was a rout, but UO was nip and tuck until the overrated WSU defense held the quackers without a field goal for the final 4 minutes. Overrated? How can that be? Well, how about 9th in conference opponents' field goal % allowed, just a fraction ahead of OSU? Also 9th in three-point % allowed and 8th in rebounding margin. Contrary to popular opinion, they are winning lately because of an efficient, low possession, low turnover offense with outrageously accurate three-point shooting, NOT because of defense.  []
3. Stanford
UBE. Ugly but effective, clearly the theme for this edition of the Cardinal. Tremendous defense has held opponents to a piddling 38% shooting and consistently shut down their leading scorer (thank you, Fred). The 56-52 final over Arizona was the least points scored between the two rivals since 1985. The ensuing brawl with ASU saw a 10-point halftime deficit turn into a 15-point win through a combination of sheer defensive will and a long awaited tempo increase on offense. It was like the whole squad suddenly turned into Teen Wolf. "Watch Brook score" probably not a valid strategy vs. Hardin at Weenie Arena this week, hopefully the 2nd half ball movement in ASU game becomes the norm. Nationally ranked again after being out for a week. []
4. Oregon
Duck is also a verb, as the foul fowl get swept on the Washington roadie and give the Huskies their first conference "W". Both games were tight however, and they actually led at WSU until the final few minutes. Guards were severely outplayed each game and the bench is thinner than an Olson twin after a trip to the loo. Grip on this spot is tenuous; Blue Horseshoe says "short the Ducks."  [eDuck]
5. Arizona St.
Beelzebub Boys were 20 minutes away from their best Bay Area trip this century, coming off a double OT win at kal and a 30-20 halftime lead at Stanford. To quote John Winger: "and then, depression set in." Emergence of trifecta specialist Abbott gives them that all important 3rd scorer. Homies against the Washingtons on deck.  []
6. USC
Trojans with perhaps the shocking score of the year so far as they out-quick and out-scrap the mighty Bruins for a surprisingly comfortable win at Pauley. Boot computer nearly overheated with all the variables here - their best game is probably better than anyone else's best game, beta is sky high, 2-3 conference record comes against the toughest schedule so far.   [SCPlaybook]
7. Arizona
Cats salvaged a road split after close loss at Maples and showed surprising grit. Dare we say it? Interim coach Kevin O'Neill's emphasis on defense makes this squad less entertaining to watch but more effective overall. Still short on bodies and muscle, but a dangerous opponent going forward (assuming Bayless gets back to 100%).  []
8. California
Reality bites. Disastrous home sweep by the visiting Arizona schools has the ten remaining on cyberbears openly wondering about Montgomery's availability. Horrendous team defense negates an efficient offense, which makes this week's Stanford game a case of an irresistible force meeting an immovable object on one end of the court, and the exact opposite on the other end. If you know what I mean, you most likely drink. Or you checked the conference-only stats (Bears 1st in points scored, 10th in points allowed, Cardinal 9th and 1st).  [The Bear Insider]
9. Washington
Sigh of relief up north as puppies sweep the Oregon home stand behind two monster games from future lumberjack Jon Brockman. More importantly, the heretofore dreadful quartet of guards emerged from their pods and played well. Ex-Cardinal Tim Morris contributed a nicely balanced 18 points, ten rebounds, eight assists and four steals in the two games. Only a true cynic would point out that he still can't shoot a lick. So forget that I mentioned it.  []
10. Oregon St.
Beavs held to 46 in WSU spanking, matching the same lowly figure they scored against the Beloved Cardinal a week earlier. Run and gun style of Washington was more to their liking, they hung tough and eventually lost by a respectable 83-74 score. Not good enough, as Jay John got the axe (no, not that one) and future YMCA league MVP CJ Giles was dismissed from the team for basically being an irresponsible dope. Home crowd welcomes USC and UCLA this weak. D'oh!

"What do you think about your team's execution?"

"I'm in favor of it." – John McKay, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1976  []

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