College Basketball Nation: 50 in 50 rankings

50 in 50 rankings: No. 43 NC State

August, 21, 2012
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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.

43. NC State (194 points)

Positives: Won two national titles; six conference tournament titles; five consensus All-Americans; six top-10 picks; 22nd most points through 1989.

Negatives: Lost 13 points due to sanctions and vacated wins; no ACC title of any kind since 1989; missed 10 consecutive NCAA tournaments from 1992 to 2001 (received minus-12 points in those seasons in this study).

Fun fact: Mark Gottfried became the second coach in school history to lead the Wolfpack to the NCAA tournament in his first season as head coach.

Rank by the decade
1962-69: 6 (T-83rd)
1970-79: 80 (13th)
1980-89: 79 (T-23rd)
1990-99: -2 (T-175th)
2000-present: 31 (T-82nd)

50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Sidney Lowe (1979-83)
G – Rodney Monroe (1987-91)
F – David Thompson (1972-75)
F – Kenny Carr (1974-77)
C – Tommy Burleson (1971-74)

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Which is NC State's best team of the past 50 years?

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    13%
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    68%
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    19%

Discuss (Total votes: 6,413)

Top options off the bench
Thurl Bailey (1979-83)
Julius Hodge (2001-05)
Chris Corchiani (1987-91)

50 in 50 coach: Everett Case (1946-64)

Best teams (1962-present)
1972-73 (27-0)
1973-74 (30-1, NCAA national champs)
1982-83 (26-10, NCAA national champs)

--Harold Shelton and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post.

50 in 50 rankings: No. 44 Davidson

August, 21, 2012
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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.

44. Davidson (190 points)

Positives: Under Lefty Driesell, the Wildcats were a powerhouse in the 1960s, racking up seven 20-win seasons in an eight-year span. The ’64-65 team was AP preseason No. 4 and boasted future NBA No. 1 pick Fred Hetzel. Nine combined conference titles since 2005.

Negatives: In the 38 seasons between heartbreaking two-point regional final losses in 1969 and 2008, Davidson amassed just 56 points. Between 1975 and 1992, the program lost 48 points just within the win percentage portion of scoring.

Fun fact: Within the first decade of our 50-year project, Davidson ranked fifth overall -- behind only blueblood programs UCLA, Kentucky, North Carolina and Duke.

Rank by the decade
1962-69: 86 (6th)
1970-79: 14 (T-87th)
1980-89: -9 (T-231st)
1990-99: 14 (T-110th)
2000-present: 85 (25th)

50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Stephen Curry (2006-09)
G – Dick Snyder (1963-66)
F – John Gerdy (1975-79)
F – Mike Maloy (1967-70)
F/C – Fred Hetzel (1962-65)

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Which is Davidson's best team of the past 50 years?

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    6%
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    14%
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    80%

Discuss (Total votes: 4,806)

Top options off the bench
Jason Richards (2004-08)
Brendan Winters (2002-06)
Derek Rucker (1984-88)

50 in 50 coach: Lefty Driesell (1960-69)

Best teams (1962-present)
1964-65 (24-2)
1968-69 (27-3, NCAA Elite Eight)
2007-08 (29-7, NCAA Elite Eight)

--Nick Loucks and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post.

50 in 50 rankings: No. 45 DePaul

August, 21, 2012
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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.

45. DePaul (189 points)

Positives: Made 1979 Final Four; eighth most points from 1973 to 1982; three first-team consensus All-Americans and three top-10 picks.

Negatives: Lost eight points due to sanctions and vacated wins; hasn't gained points in any season since 2005, just two NCAA tournament appearances in the past 20 seasons.

Did you know? DePaul finished in the top six in the AP poll seven times from 1978 to 1987.

Rank by the decade
1962-69: 21 (T-47th)
1970-79: 58 (T-24th)
1980-89: 113 (10th)
1990-99: 5 (144th)
2000-present: -8 (T-205th)

50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Rod Strickland (1985-88)
G/F – Mark Aguirre (1978-81)
F – David Booth (1988-92)
F – Dallas Comegys (1983-87)
C – Dave Corzine (1974-78)

SportsNation

Which is DePaul's best team of the past 50 years?

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    16%
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    71%
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    13%

Discuss (Total votes: 3,329)

Top options off the bench
Tom Kleinschmidt (1991-95)
Quentin Richardson (1998-2000)
Stanley Brundy (1985-89)

50 in 50 coach: Ray Meyer (1942-84)

Best teams (1962-present)
1977-78 (27-3, NCAA Elite Eight)
1978-79 (26-6, NCAA national semifinals)
1986-87 (28-3, NCAA Sweet 16)

--Harold Shelton and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post.

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