Wednesday, August 22, 2012
50 in 50 rankings: No. 31 Oklahoma (tie)
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.
T-31. Oklahoma (232 points)
Positives: Two Final Fours; five regular-season conference titles from 1979 to '89, five first-team consensus All-Americans (seven total), four top-10 picks.
Negatives: Lost 20 points due to sanctions; just one regular-season conference title since 1989; only one NCAA tournament appearance in the first 20 seasons of study.
Fun fact: Oklahoma’s 25-year postseason streak (20 NCAA, five NIT) from 1982 to 2006 was the nation’s second-longest at the time it ended. But since losing in the Elite Eight with Blake Griffin in 2009, OU has had three straight losing seasons, its longest such streak since the 1960s (five straight).
Rank by the decade 1962-69: -20 (T-296th)
1970-79: 15 (T-84th)
1980-89: 120 (8th)
1990-99: 37 (T-57th)
2000-present: 80 (30th)
50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Mookie Blaylock (1987-89)
G – Hollis Price (1999-2003)
F – Blake Griffin (2007-09)
F/C – Alvan Adams (1972-75)
C – Wayman Tisdale (1982-85)
Top options off the bench Stacey King (1985-89)
Garfield Heard (1968-70)
Ryan Minor (1992-96)
50 in 50 coach: Billy Tubbs
Best teams (1962-present)
1984-85 (31-6, NCAA Elite Eight)
1987-88 (35-4, NCAA runner-up)
2001-02 (31-5, NCAA national semifinals)
--Harold Shelton and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post.