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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
50 in 50 rankings: No. 27 Maryland

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.

27. Maryland (245 points)

Positives: Won 2002 national title; also made Final Four the year before (2001); 12 consensus All-Americans; nine top-10 picks.

Negatives: Lost 14 points due to sanctions and vacated wins; only one conference title of any kind before 1980; hasn't advanced past the NCAA's first weekend in the decade since winning a national championship.

Fun fact: Only seven schools have more NBA top-10 picks in the past 50 seasons than Maryland.

Rank by the decade
1962-69: -14 (T-278th)
1970-79: 62 (T-21st)
1980-89: 49 (T-46th)
1990-99: 40 (52nd)
2000-present: 108 (21st)

50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Juan Dixon (1998-2002)
G – John Lucas (1972-76)
F – Len Bias (1982-86)
F – Tom McMillen (1971-74)
C – Joe Smith (1993-95)

Top options off the bench
Len Elmore (1971-74)
Albert King (1977-81)
Greivis Vasquez (2006-10)

50 in 50 coach: Gary Williams

Best teams (1962-present)
1974-75 (24-5, NCAA Elite Eight)
2000-01 (25-11, NCAA national semifinals)
2001-02 (32-4, NCAA national champs)

--Harold Shelton and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post