BootPowerRatings - 2/19

Of all the shocking developments in the conference and the BPRs this season, perhaps the biggest change is no change. For the first time this year, the ordinal rankings remained unchanged for all ten schools. Though that certainly didn't rob Tree Boy of ample opportunities to take his digs at our rivals up and down the West Coast.

Pac-10 BootPowerRatings
As of 2/18/03

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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
Looking to answer critics who were unimpressed by the squeakers in Washington, the Cats administered their annual home thumping of the La La Lands.  Now that the cakewalk is over, Zona must prove itself on the road against the league's top challengers.  []
2. California
Don't look now, but the weenies have 4 straight non-losses!  If Submarine Shipp is looking to make good on his promise, he better not let his team look past the So Cals.  Believe it or not, the crumpet point guard has better numbers from beyond the arc than that other import named Amit[CyberBears]
3. Stanford
The wins over the hapless Washington squads took a backseat this week to the sudden resurgence of Justin Davis.  With this cog now securely back in place, the defensive machine that is the Cardinal has only one more component that needs servicing: Matt Lottich's shot.  [The]
4. Arizona St.
Add the Solar Satans to the growing list of teams that swept UCLA for the first time in X amount of years.  Now, the big showdown with the top ranked foe from Tucson, pitting the nation's two hottest centers in Channing Frye and Ike Diogu together.  This next stretch of games will show ASU just how far they have come this season, as their lone win vs. kal is their only quality victory.  []
5. Oregon
So Luke Ridnour set the Pac-10 record for consecutive FT's made, so what.  It isn't like he did it while leading his team into the Final Four.  Speaking of the tournament, Oregon has their ducks in a row to improve their position, as a 4-2 mark from here on out should be enough to land them a 6 seed.  [eDuck Sports]
6. USC
Riding high after a thrashing of UNLV and basically just feeling downright dangerous, the Southern Gals wilted in the desert, being outscored 193-137 in the process.  The only question on the Pac-10 denizen's minds these days is how long it will be until is launched.  []
7. Oregon St.
The bad news is that the River Rats have only been able to beat four other conference teams.  The good news is that their next four games are against those same teams.  If they manage to repeat the sweep, they will be assured of their first winning season in seven years.  []
8. Washington
The purple pups are doing their darnedest to play the role of spoiler but inevitably they come up short. If they can hold onto their death grip on the 8th slot for the conference tourney, they will get one last chance to see if all of those moral victories can be exchanged for a real one.  []
As if what they have endured this year isn't bad enough, former players are now blasting the Blue-ins.  A big part of the problem is the gaudy numbers being posted by the Ryan Walcott/Ray Young backcourt, who have combined to shoot 34% from the field and 29% from downtown.  [Bruin Report Online]
10. Washington St.
Lucky loss number 13 was notched on the road in Maples on Saturday, which leaves a mere five games left for the Cougs to become the first team to have the dubious distinction of going 0-18 in conference play.  Someone should tell Paul Graham there is no draft lottery in the NCAA.  []

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