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50 in 50 rankings: No. 24 Cincinnati

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.

24. Cincinnati (285 points)

Positives: Made 1963 national title game; also made Final Four in 1992; received credit for 24 conference titles (12 regular season, 12 tourney); five consensus first-team All-Americans (seven total); four top-10 picks.

Negatives: Lost 20 points due to sanctions; missed NCAA tourney every year from 1978-91; no conference title of any kind since 2004. And let's face it: UC is the tough-luck loser of this study since it begins right after the Bearcats reached four straight Final Fours and won back-to-back titles.

Fun fact: Cincinnati's Sweet 16 appearance in 2012 was its first since 2001.

Rank by the decade

1962-69: 60 (11th)

1970-79: 26 (T-59th)

1980-89: minus-20 (T-275th)

1990-99: 132 (9th)

2000-present: 87 (24th)

50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)

G – Nick Van Exel (1991-93)

G – Steve Logan (1998-2002)

F – Ron Bonham (1961-64)

F – Danny Fortson (1994-97)

C – Kenyon Martin (1996-2000)

Top options off the bench

Tom Thacker (1960-63)

Pat Cummings (1974-79)

George Wilson (1961-64)

50 in 50 coach: Bob Huggins (1990-2005)

Best teams (1962-present)

1962-63 (26-2, NCAA runner-up)

1991-92 (29-5, NCAA national semifinals)

1999-2000 (29-4, NCAA second round)

--Harold Shelton and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post