50 in 50 rankings: No. 34 Xavier

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.

34. Xavier (223 points)

Positives: 13 regular-season conference titles since 1990; nine conference tournament titles; two Elite Eights in past 10 years; advanced past round of 32 in four of past five seasons; made NCAA tournament in 11 of past 12 seasons

Negatives: Didn't make first NCAA tournament until 1983; had a losing season in 15 of the first 20 seasons of our study (-35 points during that span)

Fun fact: Four different Xavier head coaches have led the Musketeers to the Sweet 16 since 1990.

Rank by the decade
1962-69: -6 (T-245th)
1970-79: -24 (T-297th)
1980-89: 40 (T-62nd)
1990-99: 79 (21st)
2000-present: 134 (15th)

50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Byron Larkin (1984-88)
G – Romain Sato (2000-04)
F – Tyrone Hill (1986-90)
F – James Posey (1996-99)
F – David West (1999-2003)

Top options off the bench
Brian Grant (1990-94)
Tu Holloway (2008-12)
Jordan Crawford (2009-10)

50 in 50 coach: Skip Prosser

Best teams (1962-present)
1989-90 (28-5, NCAA Sweet 16)
2002-03 (26-6, NCAA second round)
2007-08 (30-7, NCAA Elite Eight)

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

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