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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
50 in 50 rankings: No. 44 Davidson

By Staff

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.

44. Davidson (190 points)

Positives: Under Lefty Driesell, the Wildcats were a powerhouse in the 1960s, racking up seven 20-win seasons in an eight-year span. The ’64-65 team was AP preseason No. 4 and boasted future NBA No. 1 pick Fred Hetzel. Nine combined conference titles since 2005.

Negatives: In the 38 seasons between heartbreaking two-point regional final losses in 1969 and 2008, Davidson amassed just 56 points. Between 1975 and 1992, the program lost 48 points just within the win percentage portion of scoring.

Fun fact: Within the first decade of our 50-year project, Davidson ranked fifth overall -- behind only blueblood programs UCLA, Kentucky, North Carolina and Duke.

Rank by the decade
1962-69: 86 (6th)
1970-79: 14 (T-87th)
1980-89: -9 (T-231st)
1990-99: 14 (T-110th)
2000-present: 85 (25th)

50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Stephen Curry (2006-09)
G – Dick Snyder (1963-66)
F – John Gerdy (1975-79)
F – Mike Maloy (1967-70)
F/C – Fred Hetzel (1962-65)

Top options off the bench
Jason Richards (2004-08)
Brendan Winters (2002-06)
Derek Rucker (1984-88)

50 in 50 coach: Lefty Driesell (1960-69)

Best teams (1962-present)
1964-65 (24-2)
1968-69 (27-3, NCAA Elite Eight)
2007-08 (29-7, NCAA Elite Eight)

--Nick Loucks and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post.