BootPowerRatings - 2/12

Stanford's short-lived hold on the #2 spot in these hallowed ratings is gone after the loss in Eugene, but the Card barely dipped after completing such a successful road trip. Did the Mildcats sag after their close shaves? Could U-Dub actually be rewarded by the BootComputer in a week they were swept? Read on for the numerical answers, and accompanying commentary.

Pac-10 BootPowerRatings
As of 2/11/03

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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. Arizona
Though they escaped Apple country with two wins, it is looking more and more like this feline team is not worthy of their top billing.  Part of the problem is that the junior Walton is suffering from Marcus Moore's disease, as soreness in his ankle is limiting his effectiveness on Saturdays.  []
2. California
Let it be known that "Broadway" Joe Shipp has guaranteed a Pac-10 championship.  The leading weenie must be feeling pretty good after his team notched a win away from Berkeley, but two big hurdles still remain in the form of Arizona and Stanford.  [CyberBears]
3. Stanford
After the dust had settled, the Card looked back on the toughest road stretch it will face all season and thumped their chest at three out of four.  Starring in a "How to Shoot" video was Julius "Julie" Barnes, who benefited from Tree Boy karma in a rare Sunday outing.  In a three-horse race for the conference title, Stanford is now charging hard from its show position.  [The]
4. Arizona St.
In serious trouble when Ike Diogu was being shut down by the Huskies, the Demons got a huge lift from oft-forgotten senior Shawn Red-head.  The 11 points by Diogu marked the 3rd time in 4 games he has been held in check, as it appears the league may have adjusted to the frosh phenom the second time around.   Not quite a tourney lock, Evans' Evils need to sweep El Lay this weekend to impress the committee.  []
5. Oregon
In describing his team's shortcomings, Ernie Kent is still using the "It's not them it's us" line.  Though they did get a big vengeance win against the hated Cardinal, the loss to kal nullified any progress, as they now hit the road for seven consecutive games.  In a feeble attempt at psyching the opponent out, Duck fans prank called Bear players at their hotel the night before.  [eDuck Sports]
6. USC
After UNLV literally handed the game to the Toejams, Errick Craven issued a warning that his team in now very dangerous.  I suppose winning three in a row in a shows a marked improvement, but I would hold off on the scare tactics until the results are in from your upcoming test in the desert, EC.  []
7. Oregon St.
After watching their own student section taunt the opposing PG into his best game this year, it's no wonder the Beavs have more success on the road than at home.  You can always count on Ricci to bring his best, game in and game out, but if OSU is going to string together some more wins, he will need help.  []
8. Washington
In a BPR first, the pups dropped two games, but saw their rating increase.  It is no secret that UW is the team no one wants to face in the conference tourney, and if they play like they did this last weekend, they have a better than average chance of winning it.  First year coach Lorenzo Romar has gotten his team to believe, but now he has to overcome two straight demoralizing losses.  []
When Cedric Bozeman was fouled by Georgetown with five seconds left in the game, it looked like the Ruins were headed for another heartbreaking loss.  But the 45% FT shooter knocked two down, and there was joy in Mudville, if only for a week. When asked for a sound byte after the game, Jason Kapono uttered, "I don't know what to say. I don't have any quotes for when we win.''  [Bruin Report Online]
10. Washington St.
Segue to the Cougs, who have to be wondering when it is their turn to use a Kapono like quote.  After getting smoked by ASU, Wazzu somehow managed to give the Mildcats a run for their money, but the end result was another step towards a winless Pac-10 season.  []

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