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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
50 in 50 rankings: No. 22 Princeton (tie)

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.

T-22. Princeton (289 points)

Positives: Made 1965 Final Four; 21 regular-season conference titles (also received credit for 20 conference tourney titles); two first-team consensus All-Americans; only five losing seasons in the 50-year study.

Negatives: Just one conference title since 2005; hasn't advanced to Sweet 16 or beyond since 1967; no conference titles or NCAA tournament appearances from 1970-75.

Fun fact: In the common draft era (since 1965), Princeton has as many top-10 picks (two) as Marquette.

Rank by the decade
1962-69: 82 (7th)
1970-79: 43 (T-37th)
1980-89: 47 (T-49th)
1990-99: 85 (T-19th)
2000-present: 32 (T-79th)

50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Brian Taylor (1970-72)
G – Armond Hill (1972-76)
G/F – Geoff Petrie (1967-70)
F – Craig Robinson (1979-83)
F – Bill Bradley (1962-65)

Top options off the bench
Kit Mueller (1987-91)
John Hummer (1967-70)
Frank Sowinski (1975-78)

50 in 50 coach: Pete Carril (1967-96)

Best teams (1962-present)
1964-65 (23-6, NCAA national semifinals)
1966-67 (25-3, NCAA regional semifinals)
1997-98 (27-2, NCAA second round)

--Harold Shelton and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post