50 in 50 rankings: No. 47 Alabama

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.

47. Alabama (177 points)

Positives: Reached the NCAA tournament 12 times between 1982 and 1995. Reached six Sweet 16s between 1982 and 1991.

Negatives: The Crimson Tide have no first-team All-Americans and just one second-teamer (Leon Douglas in 1975). They’ve never reached the Final Four (only Elite Eight came in 2004).

Fun fact: Alabama was 0-7 all-time in Sweet 16 games before its 2004 victory over Syracuse.

Rank by the decade
1962-69: -2 (T-229th)
1970-79: 47 (T-30th)
1980-89: 59 (T-35th)
1990-99: 37 (T-57th)
2000-present: 36 (T-72nd)

50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Terry Coner (1984-87)
G – T.R. Dunn (1973-77)
F – Reggie King (1975-79)
F/C – Derrick McKey (1984-87)
C – Leon Douglas (1972-76)

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

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    8%
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    37%
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    55%

Discuss (Total votes: 3,306)

Top options off the bench
Robert Horry (1988-92)
Wendell Hudson (1969-73)
Ennis Whatley (1981-83)

50 in 50 coach: Wimp Sanderson

Best teams (1962-present)
1975-76 (23-5, NCAA Sweet 16)
1986-87 (28-5, NCAA Sweet 16)
2003-04 (20-13, NCAA Elite Eight)

--Ryan Feldman and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post.

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