Friday, August 24, 2012
50 in 50 rankings: No. 7 Indiana
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.
7. Indiana (442 points)
Positives: Won three national titles; also made three other Final Fours; 16 regular-season conference titles; nine first-team consensus All-Americans (13 total); six top-10 picks; fifth-most points of any school when Bob Knight was head coach.
Negatives: Lost seven points due to sanctions; just one conference title of any kind in past 20 seasons; has advanced past the Sweet 16 only once since 1993; three straight 20-loss seasons and a 8-46 Big Ten record from 2008-11.
Fun fact: Indiana's 48 points in 1976 are tied for the most by any school in any season (2001 Duke, 2007 Florida).
Rank by the decade 1962-69: 3 (T-94th)
1970-79: 125 (6th)
1980-89: 163 (4th)
1990-99: 98 (13th)
2000-present: 53 (T-52nd)
50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Isiah Thomas (1979-81)
G – Steve Alford (1983-87)
F – Calbert Cheaney (1989-93)
F – Scott May (1972-76)
C – Kent Benson (1973-77)
Top options off the bench Quinn Buckner (1972-76)
Alan Henderson (1991-95)
Mike Woodson (1976-80)
50 in 50 coach: Bob Knight
Best teams (1962-present)
1975-76 (32-0, NCAA champions)
1980-81 (26-9, NCAA champions)
1986-87 (30-4, NCAA champions)
--Harold Shelton and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post