50 in 50 rankings: No. 28 Murray State

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.

28. Murray State (241 points)

Positives: The Racers' active streak of 25 straight winning seasons ranks fourth nationally (behind Syracuse, Kansas and Arizona). Their 22 conference titles since 1962 trail only Kentucky, UCLA, Kansas and Penn. Their 15 conference tourney titles in the Ohio Valley are more than UNLV, UConn and Gonzaga have racked up in their respective conferences.

Negatives: Murray State has never won more than one game in a single NCAA tournament (the three Round-of-32 losses have come by a combined 14 points). Isaiah Canaan (2012) was the school’s first consensus All-American.

Fun fact: The most recent edition of the Racers compiled an 18-point season, which was eighth-best among all programs and the best single-season total among any OVC school.

Rank by the decade
1962-69: 33 (34th)
1970-79: -8 (T-228th)
1980-89: 45 (T-54th)
1990-99: 95 (15th)
2000-present: 76 (34th)

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

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    93%

Discuss (Total votes: 4,509)

50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Isaiah Canaan (2009- )
G – Marcus Brown (1992-96)
F – Jeff Martin (1985-89)
F – Dick Cunningham (1965-68)
C – Popeye Jones (1988-92)

Top options off the bench
De'Teri Mayes (1996-98)
Chad Townsend (1996-98)
Ivan Aska (2009-12)

50 in 50 coach: Steve Newton (1985-91)

Best teams (1962-present)
1987-88 (22-9, NCAA second round)
1997-98 (29-4, NCAA first round)
2011-12 (31-2, NCAA second round)

--Nick Loucks and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post

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