This Week In BootPowerRatings™

Take a look at Jeff Fawcett's latest installment of the 2008-09 BootPowerRatings™ (BPRs) for Pac-10 hoops as we head into the last week of action regular season action. What can the Bay Area schools accomplish at the Arizona schools? How will the Oregon programs fare down in LA? Who will win the battle of Washington? Check out our BPRs!

Abbreviated BPRs this week as your faithful analyst has just returned from heaven, I mean Planet Hollywood in Vegas, and has had a most hectic week. Will make up for it with next week's double whammy year end special.

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.

Pac-10 BootPowerRatings
As of 3/5/09

1. Washington (13-4, 22-7)
Brockman averages 20/11 as the Huskies wrap up at least a tie for 1st with WSU on deck. Polls:14.5 Sagarin:19 RPI:14  []
2. UCLA (11-5, 22-7)
Did just enough to get a road sweep of the Beloveds and the Behateds. Should sweep the Oregons at home, a UW loss gets them a share of the conference. Polls:18.5 Sagarin:17 RPI:23  [Bruin Report Online]
3. Arizona St. (10-6, 21-7)
Heartbreak and heartburn city baby, as Devils drop back-to-back overtime games up north. Unless they get swept at home to close the season NCAA bid is a lock, but seeding is highly variable. Polls:21 Sagarin:21 RPI:30  []
4. California (10-6, 21-8)
OT win over SC was huge. In theory could still miss the dance if they close the year on a four-game losing streak (UCLA last week, road trip to AZ, 1st game of Pac tourney). A boy can dream. Polls:33.5 Sagarin:27 RPI:38  [The Bear Insider]
5. Arizona (8-8, 18-11)
Looked awful against WSU, better vs. UW, but still chalked up two "L"s. NCAA streak is in danger, but obviously capable of home sweep for win #20 and a relaxing selection Sunday Polls:38,NR Sagarin:38 RPI:46  []
6. Washington St. (8-9, 16-13)
Fairly shocking sweep of the cactus couple has the Cougs primed for their finale against the Dogs Saturday. Hard not to be a fan of Coach Bennett and PG Rochestie. Polls:37,NR Sagarin:61 RPI:89  []
7. USC (7-9, 16-12)
"Ay yi yi yi, your mother went down on the Titanic" – the late great Bill "The Fox" Foster. Losers of six of their last seven, the Love Gloves need both a home sweep this week plus a couple tourney wins to make the big dance. Polls:NR Sagarin:44 RPI:56  [SCPlaybook]
8. Oregon St. (7-9, 13-14)
That had to hurt, but at least Stanford fans feel a bit better as Beavs become 2nd team to get Ducked. Better regroup fast with El Lay roadie on deck. Polls:NR Sagarin:108 RPI:139  []
9. Stanford (5-11, 16-11)
Halle-freakin-lujah. Four-game losing streak ends in fine, albeit untelevised, fashion with a second half blitzing of U$C. Not sure why it took until Senior Day for the defensive intensity to pick up, but let's hope the bulbs stay on and the boys play frantically in the desert. Polls:NR Sagarin:69 RPI:109  []
10. Oregon (2-14, 8-20)
En fuego. Polls:NR Sagarin:139 RPI:163  [eDuck]

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