Chicago Colleges: 50 in 50 series

50 in 50 rankings: No. 29 Notre Dame

August, 22, 2012
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Editor's note: Using a point system devised by the ESPN Stats & Information department, ESPN.com is counting down the 50 most successful programs of the past 50 years. A running list of the top 50 can be found here. For an explanation of the scoring system, read our intro.

29. Notre Dame (237 points)

Positives: Made Final Four in 1978; 10 top-15 finishes in a dozen seasons from 1970-81; 16 consensus All-Americans; five top-10 picks.

Negatives: No conference titles of any kind since joining Big East for 1995-96 season; haven't advanced past Sweet 16 since 1979; six losing seasons from 1991-99.

Fun fact: In our ranking system, Notre Dame was tied for the 16th-best program when Digger Phelps was head coach from 1972-91 (20 seasons).

Rank by the decade
1962-69: 11 (70th)
1970-79: 117 (7th)
1980-89: 60 (32nd)
1990-99: -6 (T-253rd)
2000-present: 55 (T-48th)

50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – David Rivers (1984-88)
G – Austin Carr (1968-71)
F – Adrian Dantley (1973-76)
F – Troy Murphy (1998-2001)
F/C – John Shumate (1972-74)

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Which is Notre Dame's best team of the past 50 years?

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    18%
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    65%
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    17%

Discuss (Total votes: 3,641)

Top options off the bench
Luke Harangody (2006-10)
LaPhonso Ellis (1988-92)
Pat Garrity (1994-98)

50 in 50 coach: Digger Phelps

Best teams (1962-present)
1973-74 (26-3, NCAA Sweet 16)
1977-78 (23-8, NCAA national semifinals)
1978-79 (24-6, NCAA Elite Eight)

--Harold Shelton and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post.

50 in 50 rankings: No. 33 Illinois

August, 22, 2012
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Editor's note: Using a point system devised by the ESPN Stats & Information department, ESPN.com is counting down the 50 most successful programs of the past 50 years. A running list of the top 50 can be found here. For an explanation of the scoring system, read our intro.

33. Illinois (229 points)

Positives: 12 regular-season conference titles; two Final Fours; 25 NCAA tournament appearances; six consensus All-Americans.

Negatives: Lost 22 points due to NCAA sanctions; no conference titles of any kind from 1964-83; have advanced past Sweet 16 just twice since 1990.

Fun fact: Deron Williams (2005) and Kendall Gill (1990) are the only top-10 NBA picks in school history.

Rank by the decade
1962-69: 14 (T-59th)
1970-79: -17 (T-332nd)
1980-89: 79 (18th)
1990-99: 21 (T-86th)
2000-present: 113 (17th)

50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Deron Williams (2002-05)
G – Kendall Gill (1986-90)
G/F – Nick Anderson (1987-89)
F – Eddie Johnson (1977-81)
F – Brian Cook (1999-03)

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Which is Illinois' best team of the past 50 years?

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    1%
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    82%
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    17%

Discuss (Total votes: 8,087)

Top options off the bench
Dee Brown (2003-06)
Frank Williams (1999-2002)
Deon Thomas (1990-94)

50 in 50 coach: Lou Henson (1976-96)

Best teams (1962-present)
1988-89 (31-5, NCAA national semifinals)
2000-01 (27-8, NCAA regional finals)
2004-05 (37-2, NCAA runner-up)

--Harold Shelton and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post

50 in 50 rankings: No. 45 DePaul

August, 21, 2012
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Editor's note: Using a point system devised by the ESPN Stats & Information department, ESPN.com is counting down the 50 most successful programs of the past 50 years. A running list of the top 50 can be found here. For an explanation of the scoring system, read our intro.

45. DePaul (189 points)

Positives: Made 1979 Final Four; eighth most points from 1973 to 1982; three first-team consensus All-Americans and three top-10 picks.

Negatives: Lost eight points due to sanctions and vacated wins; hasn't gained points in any season since 2005, just two NCAA tournament appearances in the past 20 seasons.

Did you know? DePaul finished in the top six in the AP poll seven times from 1978 to 1987.

Rank by the decade
1962-69: 21 (T-47th)
1970-79: 58 (T-24th)
1980-89: 113 (10th)
1990-99: 5 (144th)
2000-present: -8 (T-245th)

50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Rod Strickland (1985-88)
G/F – Mark Aguirre (1978-81)
F – David Booth (1988-92)
F – Dallas Comegys (1983-87)
C – Dave Corzine (1974-78)

SportsNation

Which is DePaul's best team of the past 50 years?

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    16%
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    71%
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    13%

Discuss (Total votes: 3,329)

Top options off the bench
Tom Kleinschmidt (1991-95)
Quentin Richardson (1998-2000)
Stanley Brundy (1985-89)

50 in 50 coach: Ray Meyer (1942-84)

Best teams (1962-present)
1977-78 (27-3, NCAA Elite Eight)
1978-79 (26-6, NCAA national semifinals)
1986-87 (28-3, NCAA Sweet 16)

--Harold Shelton and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post.

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