50 in 50 rankings: No. 35 Houston

August, 22, 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.

35. Houston (221 points)

Positives: Made national title game in 1983 and 1984; also made Final Four in three other seasons, five consensus All-Americans and five top-10 picks

Negatives: Just one regular-season conference title since 1984; one NCAA tournament appearance in past 20 seasons; nine losing seasons since 1993

Fun fact: Houston hasn't won an NCAA tournament game since 1984, the year it lost to Georgetown in the national title game.

Rank by the decade
1962-69: 74 (8th)
1970-79: 47 (T-30th)
1980-89: 102 (13th)
1990-99: 6 (T-139th)
2000-present: -8 (T-205th)

50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Otis Birdsong (1973-77)
G – Clyde Drexler (1980-83)
F – Michael Young (1980-84)
F – Elvin Hayes (1965-68)
C – Hakeem Olajuwon (1981-84)

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

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    8%
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    69%
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    23%

Discuss (Total votes: 4,046)

Top options off the bench
Rickie Winslow (1983-87)
Dwight Davis (1969-72)
Dwight Jones (1971-73)

50 in 50 coach: Guy V. Lewis

Best teams (1962-present)
1967-68 (31-2, NCAA national semifinals)
1982-83 (31-3, NCAA runner-up)
1983-84 (32-5, NCAA runner-up)

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

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