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Thursday, August 23, 2012
50 in 50 series: No. 19 Memphis

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.

19. Memphis (302 points)

Positives: Three Final Four appearances, including two trips to the national title game; eight other Sweet 16 appearances; 13 regular-season conference titles (eight since 1995); eight consensus All-Americans; six top-10 picks; had the nation's sixth-most points in John Calipari's nine seasons.

Negatives: Lost 27 points due to sanctions and vacated wins; missed NCAA tournament for first 10 years of this study; only two conference titles in first 20 years of study.

Fun fact: In 2008, Memphis became the first team to win 38 games in a single season. The Tigers also set an NCAA record with 137 wins in a four-year span from 2006-09.

Rank by the decade
1962-69: -8 (T-255th)
1970-79: 44 (T-35th)
1980-89: 83 (T-19th)
1990-99: 44 (T-44th)
2000-present: 139 (13th)

50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Derrick Rose (2007-08)
G – Larry Finch (1970-73)
G/F – Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway (1991-93)
F – Ronnie Robinson (1970-73)
C – Keith Lee (1981-85)

Top options off the bench
Larry Kenon (1972-73)
Chris Douglas-Roberts (2005-08)
Elliot Perry (1987-91)

50 in 50 coach: Dana Kirk

Best teams (1962-present)
1972-73 (24-6, NCAA runner-up)
1984-85 (26-7, NCAA national semifinals)
2007-08 (38-2, NCAA runner-up)

--Harold Shelton and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post