50 in 50 series: No. 17 Marquette

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.

17. Marquette (309 points)

Positives: Only UCLA and Kentucky had more points in the 1970s under our system. The Golden Eagles won the 1977 national championship, reached the 1974 title game and advanced to the 2003 Final Four behind Dwyane Wade.

Negatives: Other than its '03 Final Four, Marquette hasn't reached an Elite Eight since its 1977 title. Missed nine straight NCAA tournaments from 1984 to '92.

Fun fact: Butch Lee (1978) and Dwyane Wade (2003) are Marquette's only top-10 picks in the past 50 years.

Rank by the decade
1962-69: 22 (T-45th)
1970-79: 174 (3rd)
1980-89: 13 (107th)
1990-99: 28 (T-71st)
2000-present: 72 (37th)

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

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    11%
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    59%
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    30%

Discuss (Total votes: 5,622)

50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Butch Lee (1975-78)
G – Dwyane Wade (2002-03)
F – Bo Ellis (1974-77)
F – Maurice Lucas (1973-74)
C – Jim Chones (1971-72)

Top options off the bench
Dean Meminger (1969-71)
George Thompson (1967-69)
Doc Rivers (1981-83)

50 in 50 coach: Al McGuire

Best teams (1962-present)
1970-71 (28-1, NCAA regional semifinals)
1976-77 (25-7, NCAA champion)
2002-03 (27-6, NCAA semifinals)

--Ryan Feldman and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post

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