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50 in 50 rankings: No. 48 LSU

8/23/2012

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.

48. LSU (171 points)

Positives: Reached the Final Four in 1981, 1986 and 2006. Four Elite Eight appearances in the 1980s ('80, '81, '86, '87).

Negatives: The 1980s were the only decade in which LSU was a top-50 program, based on our scoring system. LSU’s only 30-win season came in 1980-81 and it hasn’t had a first-team All-American since Shaquille O’Neal in 1992.

Fun fact: Despite scoring an NCAA-record 3,667 points in his collegiate career, Pete Maravich never led LSU to the NCAA tournament.

Rank by the decade

1962-69: -6 (T-245th)

1970-79: 14 (T-87th)

1980-89: 95 (15th)

1990-99: 15 (T-106th)

2000-present: 53 (T-52nd)

50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)

G – Chris Jackson (1988-90)

G – Pete Maravich (1967-70)

F – Rudy Macklin (1976-78, 79-81)

F – Glen Davis (2004-07)

C – Shaquille O'Neal (1989-92)

Top options off the bench

Howard Carter (1979-83)

Marcus Thornton (2007-09)

Al Sanders (1969-72)

50 in 50 coach: Dale Brown

Best teams (1962-present)

1980-81 (31-5, NCAA national semifinals)

1985-86 (26-12, NCAA national semifinals)

2005-06 (27-9, NCAA national semifinals)

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