Thursday, August 23, 2012
50 in 50 series: No. 18 Temple
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.
18. Temple (307 points)
Positives: Accumulated the ninth-most points (197) from 1984-2001. The eight teams ahead of the Owls in that period all won a national title. Reached five Elite Eights from 1988-2001 and 17 of 18 NCAA tournaments from 1984-2001 (missed in 1989).
Negatives: In our system, the Owls are the highest-ranked team without a Final Four appearance in the past 50 years. After their 2001 Elite Eight, they missed the NCAA tourney for six straight seasons (including John Chaney's final five). Zero consensus All-Americans.
Fun fact: Temple received its most single-season points under our system in 1987-88, when the Owls won the A-10 regular season and conference tourney titles, entered the NCAA tournament ranked No. 1 in the country and earned a 1-seed. They again fell one game short, losing to Duke.