50 in 50 rankings: No. 40 St. John's (tie)

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.

T-40. St. John's (197 points)

Positives: The Johnnies boast six All-American players, two of them being first-teamers. In the heady decade spanning 1983 to 1992, they ranked 11th in our system, ahead of champions in that span like Michigan and NC State.

Negatives: No Big East regular-season titles since 1992. In the same time span, St. John’s has just one Sweet 16 trip and 10 losing seasons.

Did you know? St. John’s collected nearly a third (60) of its overall point total in the four seasons that Chris Mullin was on campus. In the 27 seasons since his graduation, the school has amassed just 64 combined points.

Rank by the decade
1962-69: 26 (T-40th)
1970-79: 35 (T-46th)
1980-89: 105 (12th)
1990-99: 45 (43rd)
2000-present: -14 (T-230th)

50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Mark Jackson (1983-87)
G/F – Chris Mullin (1981-85)
F – Malik Sealy (1988-92)
F – Walter Berry (1984-86)
F – Sonny Dove (1964-67)

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Which is St. John's best team of the past 50 years?

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    94%
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    3%
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    3%

Discuss (Total votes: 4,011)

Top options off the bench
Felipe Lopez (1994-98)
George Johnson (1974-78)
Ron Artest (1997-99)

50 in 50 coach: Lou Carnesecca (1965-70, '73-92)

Best teams (1962-present)
1982-83 (28-5, NCAA Sweet 16)
1984-85 (31-4, NCAA national semifinals)
1985-86 (31-5, NCAA second round)

--Nick Loucks and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post.

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