50 in 50 series: No. 13 Michigan

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.

13. Michigan (360 points)

Positives: Won 1989 national title; also made five other Final Fours; 12 regular-season conference titles; 13 consensus All-Americans; 10 top-10 draft picks.

Negatives: Lost 16 points due to sanctions and vacated wins; just one regular-season conference title since 1986; missed NCAA tournament for 10 straight seasons (1999-2008).

Fun fact: In a seven-season stretch from 1988 to '94, the Wolverines reached the Sweet 16 five times. They haven't been back since.

Rank by the decade
1962-69: 90 (5th)
1970-79: 85 (12th)
1980-89: 88 (17th)
1990-99: 84 (20th)
2000-present: 13 (T-119th)

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

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    3%
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    40%
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    57%

Discuss (Total votes: 12,418)

50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Gary Grant (1984-88)
G/F – Cazzie Russell (1963-66)
F – Glen Rice (1985-89)
F/C – Chris Webber (1991-93)
C – Rudy Tomjanovich (1967-70)

Top options off the bench
Jalen Rose (1991-94)
Juwan Howard (1991-94)
Phil Hubbard (1975-79)

50 in 50 coach: Dave Strack (1960-68)

Best teams (1962-present)
1964-65 (24-4, NCAA runner-up)
1988-89 (30-7, NCAA national champion)
1992-93 (31-5, NCAA runner-up)

--Harold Shelton and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post

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