50 in 50 rankings: No. 5 Kansas

August, 24, 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. If you disagree with the order -- and we're sure you do -- re-arrange our Top 25 here. Oh, and if your team didn't crack the top 50, click here to see where they rank among their peers.

5. Kansas (676 points)

Positives: Since 1985-86, the Jayhawks are ranked second behind Duke with 532 points. In that span, they've reached eight Final Fours and won national titles in 1988 and 2008. Kansas has the most points (165) nationally since 2007 and has won eight straight regular-season Big 12 titles.

Negatives: Danny Manning in 1987 was KU's first consensus All-American since Wilt Chamberlain in the 1950s. The Jayhawks lost 17 points under our system due to NCAA sanctions in 1972, 1988 and 2006.

Fun fact: Under Roy Williams, Kansas was one of five teams with at least four 30-win seasons from 1989-2003. The other four teams won a national title during that span (Duke, Kentucky, Arkansas, Connecticut).

Rank by the decade
1962-69: 50 (17th)
1970-79: 75 (14th)
1980-89: 90 (16th)
1990-99: 188 (4th)
2000-present: 273 (2nd)

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Which is Kansas' best team of the past 50 years?

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    13%
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    67%
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    20%

Discuss (Total votes: 13,271)

50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Kirk Hinrich (1999-2003)
G/F – Paul Pierce (1995-98)
F – Danny Manning (1984-88)
F – Nick Collison (1999-2003)
C – Raef LaFrentz (1994-98)

Top options off the bench
Jo Jo White (1965-69)
Drew Gooden (1999-2002)
Sherron Collins (2006-10)

50 in 50 coach: Bill Self (2003-present)

Best teams (1962-present)
1996-97 (34-2, NCAA Sweet 16)
2001-02 (33-4, NCAA national semifinals)
2007-08 (37-3, NCAA national champion)

--Ryan Feldman and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post

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