50 in 50 rankings: No. 40 Saint Joseph'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. Saint Joseph's (197 points)

Positives: 13 regular-season conference titles; 11 conference tournament titles; an undefeated regular season in 2003-04.

Negatives: No Final Four appearances; only eight points in a 10-year span from 1983 to 1992; just one top-10 pick in school history.

Fun fact: Jameer Nelson (2004) and Matt Guokas Jr. (1966) are the only consensus All-Americans in school history.

Rank by the decade
1962-69: 65 (10th)
1970-79: 36 (T-43rd)
1980-89: 47 (T-49th)
1990-99: 6 (T-139th)
2000-present: 43 (T-65th)

50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Jameer Nelson (2000-04)
G – Matt Guokas Jr. (1964-66)
F – Clifford Anderson (1964-67)
F – Mike Bantom (1970-73)
C – Tony Costner (1980-84)

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

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    3%
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    3%
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    94%

Discuss (Total votes: 4,214)

Top options off the bench
Mo Martin (1982-86)
Rodney Blake (1984-88)
Norman Black (1975-79)

50 in 50 coach: Jack Ramsay (1955-66)

Best teams (1962-present)
1965-66 (24-5, NCAA Sweet 16)
1980-81 (25-8, NCAA Elite Eight)
2003-04 (30-2, NCAA Elite Eight)

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

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