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

By Staff

Editor's note: Using a point system devised by the ESPN Stats & Information department, 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. Pennsylvania (289 points)

Positives: Made 1979 Final Four; four other Sweet 16 appearances in 1970s; 23 regular-season conference titles (also received credit for 22 conference tourney titles); won at least 80 percent of its games in eight different seasons and at least 75 percent of its games in 17 different seasons.

Negatives: Just one NCAA tournament win since 1980; missed the Big Dance in each of the past five seasons (ties Penn's longest drought in last 50 seasons); 13 losing seasons in this study.

Fun fact: The Quakers have never had a consensus All-American.

Rank by the decade
1962-69: 7 (T-79th)
1970-79: 142 (5th)
1980-89: 35 (T-68th)
1990-99: 47 (T-41st)
2000-present: 58 (45th)

50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Jerome Allen (1991-95)
G – Ron Haigler (1972-75)
F – Tony Price (1976-79)
F – Corky Calhoun (1969-72)
C – Stan Pawlak (1963-66)

Top options off the bench
Bob Morse (1969-72)
Keven McDonald (1975-78)
Ugonna Onyekwe (1999-2003)

50 in 50 coach: Chuck Daly (1972-77)

Best teams (1962-present)
1970-71 (28-1, NCAA regional final)
1978-79 (25-7, NCAA national semifinals)
1993-94 (25-3, NCAA second round)

--Harold Shelton and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post