BootPowerRatings - 3/12

As you get ready to handicap this week's Pac-10 tournament, consult the BPR's to give you the lowdown on the strengths and weaknesses of the teams. This is the final installment for the season so get your BPR fix before the looming 5-month withdrawal.

Pac-10 BootPowerRatings
As of 3/12/03

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
Hedging his emotional bets in case his kittens don't bring home the big ball of twine, Midnight Lute is set to marry an oil tycoon-ess in mid-April. When asked why his courtship was so short, Lute remarked that at his age, you have to do things quicker. I'm guessing those words were not well received by his fiancée.  []
2. Stanford
The 10th edition of the Maples Weenie Roast was once again a rousing good time with the added bonus of Senior Night to boot. Having now scratched off kal from their payback list, the Card turns its attention to a team that bested them 3 times last season, with a chance to return the favor.  [The]
3. California
And now for a quick game of "Word Association." A brightly colored T-shirt, a repeating song, The Big 3 – What are things that fade? Correct! Even an extra two days of rest couldn't prepare Tamir, Shipp and Wethers for the defensive onslaught they received in Palo Alto. The mere thought of having to turn to Gabriel Hughes for help makes Bear Backers cringe.  [CyberBears]
4. Arizona St.
El Diablos are running out of time to find ways to score when teams double up on "Big Ike" down low. This is my last chance to praise PG Curtis Millage, who had a fine career in Tempe and capped it off with a great senior season. The most impressive thing about Curtis, though, is that he has nostrils that would make Patrick Ewing jealous.  []
5. Oregon
As expected, the Ducks laid an egg in the southwest, and under normal circumstances would find themselves on the outside looking in right now. However, fellow bubble buddies have been removing themselves from consideration on a daily basis, so Thursday's rubber match with ASU may no longer be a must win.  [eDuck Sports]
6. USC
Forever the drama queen, Hank made his team and fans sweat it out until the very end. Only a second half rally against the beleaguered Cougars saved $C from the embarrassment of missing the conference tourney, though most would say they are just delaying the inevitable. Can you say, "sweep"?  []
All year long, the Bruisins scratched and clawed their way to through enough devastating defeats to earn the right to control their own destiny. The task of beating Arizona (a team that has already outscored them 193-122 in 2 "contests") seems impossible, but if there is one thing Ol' Stevie has had a knack for, it is just that.  [Bruin Report Online]
8. Oregon St.
Frustrating year for the Beavs to say the least, but the bottom line is that they will make their debut in the second coming of the Pac-10 tournament. Phillip Ricci will probably play even harder now, knowing each game from here on out may be his last. You can probably count on Ricci to drop in about 30 points, and his teammates about half that.  []
9. Washington
Perhaps the only thing more confusing than the Huskies' sudden drop-off in effort was the decision of two-sport star Nate Robinson to declare his leaning towards playing hoops only. Maybe Rick backed out of his promise to let him play some downs on offense, which doesn't make sense because everyone knows UW's football team doesn't play defense.  []
10. Washington St.
I'm afraid I just can't do it anymore. Every #$%! week, this team is in the cellar and there is only so much you can say when trying to explain why. There isn't a coach out there who can save this program, so the WSU athletic department should just cut their losses and eliminate the hoops squad. Can anyone name a former Coug who currently plays in the NBA, or has at one point in the last 20 years? I didn't think so.  []

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