50 in 50 rankings: No. 36 Brigham Young

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.

36. Brigham Young (218 points)

Positives: Six conference titles since 2000 (17 total); 24 NCAA tournament appearances; four consensus All-Americans.

Negatives: Zero Final Fours; only one Elite Eight appearance in school history; two different five-year spans of missing NCAA tournament.

Fun fact: BYU's Sweet 16 trip in 2011 was its first since making the regional final in 1981.

Rank by the decade
1962-69: 28 (39th)
1970-79: 23 (T-67th)
1980-89: 50 (T-43rd)
1990-99: 36 (60th)
2000-present: 81 (29th)

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

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    33%
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    60%
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    7%

Discuss (Total votes: 8,152)

50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Jimmer Fredette (2007-11)
G – Danny Ainge (1977-81)
F – Michael Smith (1983-84, 86-89)
F – Devin Durrant (1978-80, 82-84)
C – Kresimir Cosic (1970-73)

Top options off the bench
Dick Nemelka (1963-66)
Fred Roberts (1978-82)
Russ Larson (1991-95)

50 in 50 coach: Dave Rose

Best teams (1962-present)
1965-66 (20-5, NIT champions)
1980-81 (25-7, NCAA Elite Eight)
2010-11 (32-5, NCAA Sweet 16)

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

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