BootPowerRatings - 3/5

Further reinforcing the stratification of the conference, this week's BPRs show an unprecedented gap between the top five and bottom five in the conference. Also of note, Stanford goes 1-1 last week and gets a small bump in their computer rating... One team drops in their rating but rises one in the rankings... The cellar dweller makes a shocking run at the #9 spot in the rankings...

Pac-10 BootPowerRatings
As of 3/4/03

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
Having run through the toughest stretch of their season unscathed, Lute's Lions have locked up the regular season crown and more than likely a number 1 seed in the grand ball.  Just like the fans of the respective schools, Zona wants that best 2-out-of-3 game with Stanford, and a betting man would say the odds favor them getting that chance.  []
2. Stanford
That nasty FT bugaboo that had everyone worried would cost the Card a game finally did.  Still, having stood toe to toe with the high water mark in the nation has the Trees salivating to break in their dancing shoes.  One order of business remains, as it wouldn't be a proper Stanford season without the annual weenie roast in Maples.  [The]
3. California
Keeping their chances at a 2nd place finish alive by surviving against the Solar Satans, kal must head across the bay to a pavilion that hasn't been kind to them in 9 years. The cubs must rely on their shooting success if they want to hang with the Card, as rebounding has been their Achilles paw this season.  [CyberBears]
4. Oregon
By taking care of business in Eugene, the Duckies gave themselves some much needed bubble breathing room.  Looking to pick up another quality win in the desert this weekend, the pillow stuffers will have a battle at the hands of the desperate Demons, so maybe they can sneak out a letdown game from the Cats.  The only question remaining is whether or not Ernie Kent will continue to sport the bow tie.  [eDuck Sports]
5. Arizona St.
Once referred to as the second best team in the conference, Evans' Evils can only boast a 1-6 record against the Pac-Ten'ers now ahead of them.  Anything short of a sweep against the Oregons, or a couple of conference tourney wins, will certainly result in a trip to the Nobody's Interested Tournament.  []
6. Oregon St.
Luckily February is the shortest month of the year, as the Beavs suffered through a 2-5 mess.  Although they may not be finishing strong, the bucked tooths can still clinch their first winning season in 13 years if they can pull off the shocker in either Tempe or Tucson.  []
7. USC
I think it is safe to say that the song girls have officially thrown in the towel.  Their losses to their neighbors in the north were the result of the newly installed 'going through the motion' offense.  It is still mathematically possible for Bibby's Boobs to miss the conference tourney, so cross your fingers!  []
Removing his cornrows before the Oregon game, T.J. Cummings unwittingly created a shot-blocking obstacle in the form of an afro.  It worked so well that the Doo-Dooins finished the contest with more free throws made than field goals.  This game could have been the perfect ending to this storybook season, but the final chapters are yet to be written.  [Bruin Report Online]
9. Washington
If there ever was a team that exemplified "Jekyl and Hyde," this U-Dubb team is it.  Who else could collect wins against Stanford and Oregon, as well as take UA and ASU to the limit, and then turnaround and lose to OSU and Wazzu?  No matter who shows up in El Lay this weekend, the pair of games promises to be a real crapfest.  []
10. Washington St.
Originally thought to be lost for the season, Cougar stud Marcus Moore did his best Willis Reed impression and led his team to a route of those rival mutts.  Having won consecutive conference games for the first time in 3 years, what do the Cougs have left to prove?  Considered a gag when made part of Paul Graham's contract, the "Win More Games than UCLA" bonus clause has now become a realistic payoff.  []

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