50 in 50 series: No. 18 Temple

August, 23, 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.

18. Temple (307 points)

Positives: Accumulated the ninth-most points (197) from 1984-2001. The eight teams ahead of the Owls in that period all won a national title. Reached five Elite Eights from 1988-2001 and 17 of 18 NCAA tournaments from 1984-2001 (missed in 1989).

Negatives: In our system, the Owls are the highest-ranked team without a Final Four appearance in the past 50 years. After their 2001 Elite Eight, they missed the NCAA tourney for six straight seasons (including John Chaney's final five). Zero consensus All-Americans.

Fun fact: Temple received its most single-season points under our system in 1987-88, when the Owls won the A-10 regular season and conference tourney titles, entered the NCAA tournament ranked No. 1 in the country and earned a 1-seed. They again fell one game short, losing to Duke.

Rank by the decade

1962-69: 36 (31st)
1970-79: 30 (T-54th)
1980-89: 83 (T-19th)
1990-99: 89 (16th)
2000-present: 69 (38th)

50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Mark Macon (1987-91)
G – Pepe Sanchez (1996-2000)
F – John Baum (1966-69)
F – Eddie Jones (1991-94)
C – Lavoy Allen (2007-11)

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

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    84%
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    8%
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    8%

Discuss (Total votes: 4,008)

Top options off the bench
Aaron McKie (1991-94)
Terence Stansbury (1980-84)
Tim Perry (1984-88)

50 in 50 coach: John Chaney (1982-2006)

Best teams (1962-present)
1968-69 (22-8, NIT champion)
1987-88 (32-2, NCAA Elite Eight)
1999-2000 (27-6, NCAA second round)

--Ryan Feldman and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post.

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