50 in 50 rankings: No. 2 UCLA

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.

2. UCLA (904 points)

Positives: Won 11 national titles (most of any school), including 10 in a 12-season stretch (seven consecutive); also made six other Final Fours; 25 regular-season conference titles; 20 first-team consensus All-Americans (most of any school); 14 top-10 NBA draft picks.

Negatives: Lost 13 points due to sanctions and vacated wins (would've been No. 1 team in study if not for that); has missed the NCAA tournament four times in past nine seasons; no conference title of any kind from 1998-05; just one national championship since John Wooden retired in 1975.

Fun fact: More than half of UCLA's points came in the Wooden era. The Bruins earned 476 points from 1963-75, which more than doubled what second-place Kentucky (211) chalked up in that span.

Rank by the decade
1962-69: 224 (1st)
1970-79: 361 (1st)
1980-89: 59 (T-35th)
1990-99: 131 (10th)
2000-present: 129 (16th)

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

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    46%
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    50%

Discuss (Total votes: 12,204)

50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Gail Goodrich (1962-65)
G – Walt Hazzard (1961-64)
F – Sidney Wicks (1969-72)
C – Lew Alcindor (1966-69)
C – Bill Walton (1971-74)

Top options off the bench
Ed O'Bannon (1991-95)
Reggie Miller (1983-87)
Don MacLean (1988-92)

50 in 50 coach: John Wooden (1948-75)

Best teams (1962-present)
1966-67 (30-0, NCAA national champions)
1972-73 (30-0, NCAA national champions)
1994-95 (31-2, NCAA national champions)

--Harold Shelton and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post

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