Boot Power Ratings™

Stanford/kal road sweep of UW/WSU was the first time both Washington schools were each swept at home since 2003. The Bay Area pair haven't swept that road trip at the same time since 2001. That last tidbit required some digging on the weenie website… I feel so dirty. UCLA blasts the Arizona schools and six teams are now 5-4 or 4-5.

Pac-10 BootPowerRatings
As of 2/6/08

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.

1. UCLA (8-1)
Bruins put on a clinic at home, taking 20-point leads into the locker room vs. both ASU and Arizona. Perimeter defensive pressure is really the key to everything they do. It confounded the young Sun Devils and practically prevented the Wildcat marksmen from getting shots off at all (2-9 from three-point land). The USC approach of out-quicking them is like saying, "well, Nolan Ryan used to get him out with fastballs."   [Bruin Report Online]
2. Stanford (7-2)
Win at Washington was overdue, but not surprising; the simple fact is the Cardinal is too big and too good for the Huskies. Coming right back to gut out a win at WSU, in OT, without Anthony Goods no less? That is what you call an attention getter. Pollsters take notice and reward Trent's Troops with a #9 ranking – ironically the same spot WSU inhabited a week ago. Five conference wins in a row and counting, home tilts against the Oregon pair on deck. Key halfway stat: lead the Pac in opponents' FG% at .380. []
3. Arizona (5-4)
Like sniffing a dry erase marker, the quick high from their win at USC quickly faded with their beat down at Pauley. To make matters worse, pleasant surprise PG Nic Wise will likely miss the rest of the season after knee surgery. Great RPI and well positioned, but thin Cats may be in some trouble. Revenge game this week as ASU visits. Key halfway stat: #1 in 3-point FG% (but Wise leads the conference, in steals too!)  []
4. USC (5-4)
Winning streak came to an end with a home loss to hot-shooting Arizona. Starting PG and human punching bag Daniel Hackett left the game early with a bruised hip, but returned for their win over ASU. Road trip to Washington this week just may determine their contender/pretender status. Key halfway stat: actually a combination: Tied for 1st in FG% and 2nd in opponents' FG%. The problem? Last in rebounding margin.  [SCPlaybook]
5. Washington St. (5-4)
Chinks in the Cougars' armor are now gashes as they drop a pair at home. In a league full of quality bigs, the Baynes/Cowgill/Harmeling trio is combining for only 24 points per game. No rest for the weary, as UCLA and USC come to town. Need at least one win to stop the bleeding, if they are the sweepee again their season suddenly gets interesting. Key halfway stat: +4 turnover margin laps the field (2nd place is 0.89)  []
6. California (4-5)
Clearly using my "Oski almost ready for the cabin floor" line as inspiration, the weenies save their season with an improbable northern sweep and jump up in the BPRs. Ryan Anderson averaged 30 and 13 as the absence of DeVon Hardin actually seemed to help matters. Tough to spin that into a positive for the NBA scouts, perhaps he can be a rooting specialist ala ML Carr, Jack Haley or Mad Dog. Attempt to snap a four-game home losing streak as the Oregons come to town. Key halfway stat: allowing just 29.4% from deep, but last in turnover margin.  [The Bear Insider]
7. Oregon (4-5)
Home win over OSU stops the four-game losing streak, but doesn't impress the Boot Computer. A win on the road vs. one of the hot Bay Area teams would carry some weight, but Ducks have no answers for quality size and they get a double dose this week. Hope they have AFLAC. Key halfway stat: 1st in 3-pointers made and last in blocked shots defines Oregon basketball.  [eDuck]
8. Arizona St. (4-5)
The hits keep on coming. Predictably swept in Los Angeles, Devils' losing streak at five and counting. Catch a break this week as they face Arizona in their first game sans Wise, but another loss and the wheels just might come off completely. Key halfway stat: average in just about everything, guard heavy lineup has them 9th in rebounding margin.  []
9. Washington (3-6)
Realistic goal for the Huskies is now making the NIT, but that seems like a long shot as they'd have to go at least 4-5 the rest of the way. Badly in need of a center to help one man show Jon Brockman, maybe putting all their eggs in the Spencer Hawes basket wasn't the best idea? Key halfway stat: 10th in FT% at an abysmal 56.7%, Big Jon's 51% makes Hack-a-Shaq a legit strategy if it was ever needed.  []
10. Oregon St. (0-9)
Hmmm, what can we say this week? The poor Beavs may set some kind of record this year for worst shooting percentage margin. They're last with .362 on offense and last with .494 on defense. That -.132 is a fairly remarkable spread. To put it in perspective, the dominant 27-4 Stanford team of 2000 had a positive spread of .116 for the season. New goal: lose by single digits again (9 at UW their closest loss).

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- Casey Stengel, New York Mets, 1962 []

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