Friday, August 24, 2012
50 in 50 rankings: No. 9 Connecticut
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. If you disagree with the order -- and we're sure you do -- re-arrange our Top 25 here. Oh, and if your team didn't crack the top 50, click here to see where they rank among their peers.
9. Connecticut (423 points)
Positives: Three national championships since 1999, the most of any program in that span. The Huskies have the sixth-most points (349) in the Jim Calhoun era (which began in 1986-87), after having the 51st-most points (74) from 1962-86.
Negatives: UConn has failed to win an NCAA tournament game in four of the past six seasons (six total points in those four years). Had zero NCAA tournament appearances in the 1980s. No 30-win seasons or No. 1 seeds before 1990.
Fun fact: Connecticut has seven top-10 NBA draft picks since 2004, the most of any school.
Rank by the decade 1962-69: 55 (14th)
1970-79: 21 (71st)
1980-89: minus-5 (T-204th)
1990-99: 172 (5th)
2000-present: 180 (T-7th)
50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Kemba Walker (2008-11)
G – Ray Allen (1993-96)
G/F – Richard "Rip" Hamilton (1996-99)
F – Donyell Marshall (1991-94)
C – Emeka Okafor (2001-04)
Top options off the bench Caron Butler (2000-02)
Corny Thompson (1978-82)
Chris Smith (1988-92)
50 in 50 coach: Jim Calhoun (1986- )
Best teams (1962-present)
1995-96 (32-3, NCAA Sweet 16)
1998-99 (34-2, NCAA national champions)
2003-04 (33-6, NCAA national champions)
--Ryan Feldman and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post