BootPowerRatings - 2/25

Just as Stanford moved up in the conference race with its LA sweep this past week, so too did the Card make a move in the BPRs. In a time when hype abounds for every team think it is ready for a "run," read the straight scoop from Tree Boy on our conference brethren.

Pac-10 BootPowerRatings
As of 2/25/03

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
The Cats have been here before this season, looking very much like the best team in the nation.  But, these flashes of brilliance have burnt out just as quickly, and the process starts all over again.  A sweep in the Bay would not only clinch the regular season title, but more than likely be the push that gets their rock over the hump and rolling downhill.  Newsflash: Dennis Latimore becomes the 2nd player this season to bolt.  []
2. Stanford
Get a healthy Justin Davis back - check.  Get Matt Lottich's and Dan Grunfeld's stroke back - check.  So what's left?  Get productive minutes from Rob Little.  If the Card can check this off, they will be about as close to firing on all cylinders as they can be.  No better time than this weekend as both Arizona schools have scores to settle with the Trees.  Oh by the way, six straight and counting at Maples South.  [The]
3. California
The weenies' propensity to be soft under the hoop finally caught up to them in Westwood, as offensive boards led to the tying and game winning buckets.  $C was much more forgiving and allowed the cubs to escape with a split.  The Haas winning streak will be tested this weekend against the desert duo.  [CyberBears]
4. Arizona St.
If Saturday's debacle against Zona is any indication of how the Stunned Devils will perform in big games, they may as well reject their invitation to the Big Dance.   Much like Oregon, ASU has a tough row to sow and a small amount of time to do it in.  Bad luck to them, especially this Thursday.  []
5. Oregon
Winning wasn't helping the Quacks' RPI, so they decided to lose a game to see if that would help.  It didn't, and now they face the daunting task of having to win three of five (with three on the road) in order to secure a spot where they, according to Ernie Kent, rightfully belong.  Someone better start designing the "2003 NIT Champs" billboard.  [eDuck Sports]
6. USC
Someone please take a gun to Traveler's head and put him out of his misery.  All year long the rubbers have been performing the same tired act entitled, "Going Down in Flames."  There is no immediate danger of missing the conference tourney, but a poor finish could land them with the dreaded 8th seed.  []
7. Oregon St.
It was just a short while ago when the Sewer Rats were all giddy after their big LA sweep had them headed for a winning season.  The clock struck midnight a little earlier than Jay John expected, the worst of which was a humiliating loss to the Pullman Pickup Squad.  Oh well, football season is only six months away and you have one of the best coaches in... never mind.  []
8. Washington
Yes, the Fuskies ended a five-game skid, keeping their tourney hopes flickering, but the real story is the drama unfolding in the halls of the athletic department.  Like two parents in a custody battle, coaches Lorenzo Romar and Pinocchio Neuheisal are vying for the loyalty of two-sport star Nate Robinson, with the latter promising Nate some touches on offense this season.  Already the starting PG, there isn't much Romar can do to counter that offer, other than to show that, unlike his counterpart, he can be trusted.  []
Obviously motivated by comments made on the HoopsBoard, Ray Young had a career game against Stanford, albeit in a losing cause.  His efforts were enough to beat kal however, helping the baby blues to keep pace with UW in the standings.  The Steve Lavin farewell tour heads to Oregon this week.  [Bruin Report Online]
10. Washington St.
So close to a Pac-10 record, you just knew the Cougs couldn't keep such an impressive streak going.  Amidst all of the confetti and balloons raining down on Friel Court, coach Paul Graham could be seen crying bittersweet tears, knowing he had just secured his job for another two years.  []

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