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50 in 50 rankings: No. 31 Gonzaga (tie)

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.

T-31. Gonzaga (232 points)

Positives: Had streak of 11 straight West Coast Conference regular-season conference titles snapped in 2012; 17 league championships since ’62 matches Duke’s total; WCC tourney titles since it came back after a one-year hiatus in 1990: Gonzaga 11, all other schools combined 11.

Negatives: Never made the NCAA tournament before 1995; before the 64-team tourney era, the Zags compiled just six points; after three straight Sweet 16 runs from 1999 to ’01, Gonzaga has gotten back to that round just twice in its past 11 tourney appearances.

Fun fact: The Bulldogs came closest to their first Final Four in 1999, when UConn edged them by five in the Elite Eight. Starting with the next season (’99-’00), Gonzaga has compiled 180 points, the exact same number that the Huskies have in the same span.

Rank by the decade

1962-69: 8 (T-77th)

1970-79: -4 (T-203rd)

1980-89: 4 (T-139th)

1990-99: 44 (T-44th)

2000-present: 180 (T-7th)

50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)

G – John Stockton (1980-84)

G – Dan Dickau (2000-02)

F – Adam Morrison (2003-06)

F – Ronnie Turiaf (2001-05)

C – Casey Calvary (1997-2001)

Top options off the bench

Blake Stepp (2000-04)

Matt Bouldin (2006-10)

Cory Violette (2000-04)

50 in 50 coach: Mark Few (1999-present)

Best teams (1962-present)

1998-99 (28-7, NCAA Elite Eight)

2003-04 (28-3, NCAA second round)

2005-06 (29-4, NCAA Sweet 16)

--Nick Loucks and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post