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