College Basketball Nation: 50 in 50 series

50 in 50 rankings: No. 1 North Carolina

August, 24, 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. 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.

1. North Carolina (911 points)

Positives: In our scoring system, the Tar Heels have been a top-four program in each decade. They lead all teams in top-10 picks (22) and, as of this writing, have not lost any points due to vacated wins or NCAA sanctions. UNC has reached multiple Final Fours in each of the past five decades and made 13 straight trips to the Sweet 16 from 1981-93.

Negatives: North Carolina missed the NCAA tournament in eight of the first 12 years (1963-74) of this study. Had a stretch of six Final Four trips from 1991-2000, but reached the national championship game just once in a 22-season span from 1983-2004.

Fun fact: Carolina is the only team to win a national championship in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.

Rank by the decade
1962-69: 100 (3rd)
1970-79: 148 (4th)
1980-89: 228 (1st)
1990-99: 201 (3rd)
2000-present: 234 (3rd)

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

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50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Phil Ford (1974-78)
G – Michael Jordan (1981-84)
F – Antawn Jamison (1995-98)
F – James Worthy (1979-82)
F – Tyler Hansbrough (2005-09)

Top options off the bench
Sam Perkins (1980-84)
Charles Scott (1967-70)
Brad Daugherty (1982-86)

50 in 50 coach: Dean Smith (1961-97)

Best teams (1962-present)
1981-82 (32-2, NCAA national champions)
2004-05 (33-4, NCAA national champions)
2008-09 (34-4, NCAA national champions)

--Ryan Feldman and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post

50 in 50 rankings: No. 2 UCLA

August, 24, 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. 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.

2. UCLA (904 points)

Positives: Won 11 national titles (most of any school), including 10 in a 12-season stretch (seven consecutive); also made six other Final Fours; 25 regular-season conference titles; 20 first-team consensus All-Americans (most of any school); 14 top-10 NBA draft picks.

Negatives: Lost 13 points due to sanctions and vacated wins (would've been No. 1 team in study if not for that); has missed the NCAA tournament four times in past nine seasons; no conference title of any kind from 1998-05; just one national championship since John Wooden retired in 1975.

Fun fact: More than half of UCLA's points came in the Wooden era. The Bruins earned 476 points from 1963-75, which more than doubled what second-place Kentucky (211) chalked up in that span.

Rank by the decade
1962-69: 224 (1st)
1970-79: 361 (1st)
1980-89: 59 (T-35th)
1990-99: 131 (10th)
2000-present: 129 (16th)

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

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50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Gail Goodrich (1962-65)
G – Walt Hazzard (1961-64)
F – Sidney Wicks (1969-72)
C – Lew Alcindor (1966-69)
C – Bill Walton (1971-74)

Top options off the bench
Ed O'Bannon (1991-95)
Reggie Miller (1983-87)
Don MacLean (1988-92)

50 in 50 coach: John Wooden (1948-75)

Best teams (1962-present)
1966-67 (30-0, NCAA national champions)
1972-73 (30-0, NCAA national champions)
1994-95 (31-2, NCAA national champions)

--Harold Shelton and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post

50 in 50 rankings: No. 3 Kentucky

August, 24, 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. 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.

3. Kentucky (841 points)

Positives: Winners of four national titles during the years of our study, the Wildcats have been a top-six team in every decade of our scoring system. In the John Calipari era, the Cats are the top-ranked program with 103 points in the past three seasons. In the past 20 seasons, Kentucky has the second-most points (428), trailing only Duke (441).

Negatives: Lost 17 points because of NCAA sanctions in 1988-89 and 1975-76. Didn’t reach the Final Four in a 12-season stretch between 1999 and 2010. And just one Final Four from 1979-1992.

Fun fact: Kentucky has 26 conference titles, the most of any team over the past 50 years.

Rank by the decade
1962-69: 97 (4th)
1970-79: 180 (2nd)
1980-89: 134 (6th)
1990-99: 215 (2nd)
2000-present: 214 (4th)

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

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50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Kyle Macy (1977-80)
F – Jamal Mashburn (1990-93)
F – Jack Givens (1974-78)
F – Anthony Davis (2011-12)
C – Dan Issel (1967-70)

Top options off the bench
Kenny Walker (1982-86)
Tony Delk (1992-96)
Cotton Nash (1961-64)

50 in 50 coach: Adolph Rupp (1930-72)

Best teams (1962-present)
1977-78 (30-2, NCAA national champions)
1995-96 (34-2, NCAA national champions)
2011-12 (38-2, NCAA national champions)

--Ryan Feldman and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post.

50 in 50 rankings: No. 4 Duke

August, 24, 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. 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.

4. Duke (777 points)

Positives: The Blue Devils have 13 top-10 picks since 1986, the most of any team. They have four national championships since 1990, the most of any team. Duke's 607 points during the Coach K era (since 1980) are the second-most, behind only rival North Carolina (656).

Negatives: Went through four coaches and missed 11 straight NCAA tournaments from 1967 to 1977. Just one Final Four appearance from 1967 to 1985.

Fun fact: How valuable is a coach? After Mike Krzyzewski took a hiatus during the 1994-95 season, the Blue Devils lost 15 of their final 19 games and finished in last place in the ACC. It's the only NCAA tournament they've missed since 1984.

Rank by the decade
1962-69: 116 (2nd)
1970-79: 34 (T-49th)
1980-89: 126 (7th)
1990-99: 227 (1st)
2000-present: 274 (1st)

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

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50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Bobby Hurley (1989-93)
G – J.J. Redick (2002-06)
F – Grant Hill (1990-94)
F – Art Heyman (1960-63)
C – Christian Laettner (1988-92)

Top options off the bench
Johnny Dawkins (1982-86)
Jason Williams (1999-2002)
Shane Battier (1997-2001)

50 in 50 coach: Mike Krzyzewski (1980- )

Best teams (1962-present)
1985-86 (37-3, NCAA runner-up)
1991-92 (32-4, NCAA champions)
1998-99 (37-2, NCAA runner-up)

--Ryan Feldman and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post

50 in 50 rankings: No. 5 Kansas

August, 24, 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. 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.

5. Kansas (676 points)

Positives: Since 1985-86, the Jayhawks are ranked second behind Duke with 532 points. In that span, they've reached eight Final Fours and won national titles in 1988 and 2008. Kansas has the most points (165) nationally since 2007 and has won eight straight regular-season Big 12 titles.

Negatives: Danny Manning in 1987 was KU's first consensus All-American since Wilt Chamberlain in the 1950s. The Jayhawks lost 17 points under our system due to NCAA sanctions in 1972, 1988 and 2006.

Fun fact: Under Roy Williams, Kansas was one of five teams with at least four 30-win seasons from 1989-2003. The other four teams won a national title during that span (Duke, Kentucky, Arkansas, Connecticut).

Rank by the decade
1962-69: 50 (17th)
1970-79: 75 (14th)
1980-89: 90 (16th)
1990-99: 188 (4th)
2000-present: 273 (2nd)

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Which is Kansas' best team of the past 50 years?

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50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Kirk Hinrich (1999-2003)
G/F – Paul Pierce (1995-98)
F – Danny Manning (1984-88)
F – Nick Collison (1999-2003)
C – Raef LaFrentz (1994-98)

Top options off the bench
Jo Jo White (1965-69)
Drew Gooden (1999-2002)
Sherron Collins (2006-10)

50 in 50 coach: Bill Self (2003-present)

Best teams (1962-present)
1996-97 (34-2, NCAA Sweet 16)
2001-02 (33-4, NCAA national semifinals)
2007-08 (37-3, NCAA national champion)

--Ryan Feldman and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post

50 in 50 rankings: No. 6 Louisville

August, 24, 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. 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.

6. Louisville (547 points)

Positives: Won a pair of national titles in the 1980s; also made six other Final Fours; 21 regular-season conference titles; five first-team consensus All-Americans; nine top-10 picks.

Negatives: Lost 10 points due to sanctions; hasn't reached the national championship game in 26 years; had an eight-year stretch without a conference title (1996-03).

Fun fact: Louisville received negative points in just three of the 50 seasons in this study.

Rank by the decade
1962-69: 48 (19th)
1970-79: 116 (8th)
1980-89: 194 (3rd)
1990-99: 75 (23rd)
2000-present: 114 (19th)

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

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50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Darrell Griffith (1976-80)
G – DeJuan Wheat (1993-97)
F – Rodney McCray (1979-83)
F/C – Pervis Ellison (1985-89)
C – Wes Unseld (1965-68)

Top options off the bench
Butch Beard (1966-69)
Derek Smith (1979-82)
Milt Wagner (1981-86)

50 in 50 coach: Denny Crum (1971-2001)

Best teams (1962-present)
1979-80 (33-3, NCAA national champions)
1982-83 (32-4, NCAA national semifinals)
1985-86 (32-7, NCAA national champions)

--Harold Shelton and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post

50 in 50 rankings: No. 7 Indiana

August, 24, 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. 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)

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

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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

50 in 50 rankings: No. 8 Syracuse

August, 24, 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. 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.

8. Syracuse (431 points)

Positives: Incredibly consistent over the long term, ranking in the top six for NCAA berths and win percentage points, with no losing seasons since 1969. No original Big East team totaled more points than Syracuse’s 353 in the Jim Boeheim-era (since ’76-77). Three top-10 NBA picks in the past four drafts is topped by only Kentucky.

Negatives: Last season's trip to the Elite Eight was just the third time since 1990 that the Orange advanced past the Sweet 16. Due to a pair of NIT trips, Syracuse has the fewest points of any national championship school in the past decade. The program also was docked six points for NCAA infractions in 1992.

Fun fact: Syracuse is the highest-rated school on our list with just one national title to its name.

Rank by the decade
1962-69: 16 (T-53rd)
1970-79: 57 (23rd)
1980-89: 104 (11th)
1990-99: 80 (T-17th)
2000-present: 141 (11th)

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

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50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Sherman Douglas (1985-89)
G – Dave Bing (1963-66)
F – Billy Owens (1988-91)
F – Carmelo Anthony (2002-03)
C – Derrick Coleman (1986-90)

Top options off the bench
Lawrence Moten (1991-95)
John Wallace (1992-96)
Gerry McNamara (2002-06)

50 in 50 coach: Jim Boeheim (1976- )

Best teams (1962-present)
1986-87 (31-7, NCAA runner-up)
1995-96 (29-9, NCAA runner-up)
2002-03 (30-5, NCAA national champions)

--Nick Loucks and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post

50 in 50 rankings: No. 9 Connecticut

August, 24, 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. 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)

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

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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

50 in 50 rankings: No. 10 Arizona

August, 24, 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. 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.

10. Arizona (388 points)

Positives: Reached 25 straight NCAA tournaments from 1985 to 2009. With 346 points, the Wildcats were the fifth-ranked program during the Lute Olson era (1983-2007). Won the 1997 national championship, reached the 2001 title game and advanced to the Final Four in 1988 and 1994.

Negatives: Zero NCAA tournament appearances from 1963 to '76. Other than an Elite Eight year in '76, the Wildcats didn't win an NCAA tourney game before their '88 Final Four run. No consensus first-team All-American since Jason Terry in 1999.

Fun fact: When Arizona (Miles Simon, Mike Bibby) and Kansas (Raef LaFrentz, Paul Pierce) each had two first-team All-Americans in 1998, they were the first schools to do so since North Carolina in 1984 (Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins).

Rank by the decade
1962-69: -2 (T-228th)
1970-79: 24 (T-63rd)
1980-89: 60 (T-32nd)
1990-99: 163 (6th)
2000-present: 143 (12th)

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

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50 in 50 Starting Five (1962-present)
G – Mike Bibby (1996-98)
G – Damon Stoudamire (1991-95)
F – Sean Elliott (1985-89)
F – Chris Mills (1990-93)
C – Bob Elliott (1973-77)

Top options off the bench
Jason Terry (1996-2000)
Jason Gardner (1999-2003)
Steve Kerr (1983-88)

50 in 50 coach: Lute Olson (1983-2007)

Best teams (1962-present)
1987-88 (35-3, NCAA national semifinals)
1996-97 (25-9, NCAA national champions)
2000-01 (28-8, NCAA national runner-up)

--Ryan Feldman and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post

50 in 50 series: No. 11 Michigan State

August, 23, 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.

11. Michigan State (369 points)

Positives: Won two national titles; also made five other Final Fours; current streak of 15 NCAA tournament appearances; 10 consensus All-Americans; seven conference titles in the past 15 seasons

Negatives: Five losing seasons in the 1980s; didn't make the NCAA tournament in the first 15 years of the study; just three regular-season conference titles from 1963 to '89

Fun fact: Michigan State has the sixth-most points nationally since Tom Izzo took over as coach in 1995.

Rank by the decade
1962-69: -1 (T-226th)
1970-79: 64 (T-18th)
1980-89: 3 (T-141st)
1990-99: 99 (12th)
2000-present: 204 (5th)

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

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50 in 50 Starting Five (1962-present)
G – Earvin "Magic" Johnson (1977-79)
G – Shawn Respert (1990-95)
F – Steve Smith (1987-91)
F – Draymond Green (2008-12)
F – Greg Kelser (1975-79)

Top options off the bench
Scott Skiles (1982-86)
Mateen Cleaves (1996-2000)
Morris Peterson (1996-2000)

50 in 50 coach: Tom Izzo

Best teams (1962-present)
1978-79 (26-6, NCAA national champion)
1999-2000 (32-7, NCAA national champion)
2008-09 (31-7, NCAA runner-up)

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

50 in 50 series: No. 12 Georgetown

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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.

12. Georgetown (363 points)

Positives: Only North Carolina (228) had more points under our system in the 1980s than the Hoyas (210). They reached 14 straight NCAA tournaments from 1979 to 1992 and reached six Elite Eights during that span, including a 1984 national title.

Negatives: Had just 11 total points from 1962 to '79 before reaching the 1980 Elite Eight. Since John Thompson retired in 1999, Georgetown has advanced past the Sweet 16 just once.

Fun fact: Since its stunning 1985 title-game loss to Villanova in 1985, Georgetown has produced just one 30-win season.

Rank by the decade
1962-69: 2 (T-96th)
1970-79: 9 (T-103rd)
1980-89: 210 (2nd)
1990-99: 65 (28th)
2000-present: 77 (T-32nd)

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

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50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Sleepy Floyd (1978-82)
G – Allen Iverson (1994-96)
F – Reggie Williams (1983-87)
F/C – Alonzo Mourning (1988-92)
C – Patrick Ewing (1981-85)

Top options off the bench
Jeff Green (2004-07)
Mike Sweetney (2000-03)
Craig Shelton (1976-80)

50 in 50 coach: John Thompson Jr. (1972-99)

Best teams (1962-present)
1983-84 (34-3, NCAA national champions)
1984-85 (35-3, NCAA runner-up)
2006-07 (30-7, NCAA national semifinals)

--Ryan Feldman and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post.

50 in 50 series: No. 13 Michigan

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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.

13. Michigan (360 points)

Positives: Won 1989 national title; also made five other Final Fours; 12 regular-season conference titles; 13 consensus All-Americans; 10 top-10 draft picks.

Negatives: Lost 16 points due to sanctions and vacated wins; just one regular-season conference title since 1986; missed NCAA tournament for 10 straight seasons (1999-2008).

Fun fact: In a seven-season stretch from 1988 to '94, the Wolverines reached the Sweet 16 five times. They haven't been back since.

Rank by the decade
1962-69: 90 (5th)
1970-79: 85 (12th)
1980-89: 88 (17th)
1990-99: 84 (20th)
2000-present: 13 (T-119th)

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

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50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Gary Grant (1984-88)
G/F – Cazzie Russell (1963-66)
F – Glen Rice (1985-89)
F/C – Chris Webber (1991-93)
C – Rudy Tomjanovich (1967-70)

Top options off the bench
Jalen Rose (1991-94)
Juwan Howard (1991-94)
Phil Hubbard (1975-79)

50 in 50 coach: Dave Strack (1960-68)

Best teams (1962-present)
1964-65 (24-4, NCAA runner-up)
1988-89 (30-7, NCAA national champion)
1992-93 (31-5, NCAA runner-up)

--Harold Shelton and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post

50 in 50 series: No. 14 UNLV

August, 23, 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.

14. UNLV (339 points)

Positives: Won 1990 NCAA title; made three other Final Fours (all four under Jerry Tarkanian); won 10 straight regular-season conference titles and seven league tournament titles from 1983-92; the Rebels earned more points than any school during that 10-year span; six consensus All-Americans; seven top-10 picks.

Negatives: Lost 24 points due to sanctions; no regular-season conference titles since 2000; has advanced to Sweet 16 just once since 1991; four different five-year spans of missing NCAA tournament.

Fun fact: Only North Carolina and Indiana had more points than UNLV in the Jerry Tarkanian era (1973-92).

Rank by the decade
1962-69: 0 (T-103rd)*
1970-79: 65 (T-16th)
1980-89: 138 (5th)
1990-99: 96 (14th)
2000-present: 40 (68th)
*Started D-I play in 1970

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

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    45%
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    3%
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    52%

Discuss (Total votes: 9,806)

50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Greg Anthony (1988-91)
G/F – Stacey Augmon (1987-91)
F – Larry Johnson (1989-91)
F – Eddie Owens (1973-77)
F/C – Sidney Green (1979-83)

Top options off the bench
J.R. Rider (1991-93)
Armon Gilliam (1983-87)
Reggie Theus (1975-78)

50 in 50 coach: Jerry Tarkanian (1973-92)

Best teams (1962-present)
1986-87 (37-2, NCAA national semifinals)
1989-90 (35-5, NCAA national champions)
1990-91 (34-1, NCAA national semifinals)

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

50 in 50 series: No. 15 Ohio State

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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.

15. Ohio State (320 points)

Positives: Four Final Fours; 13 consensus All-Americans, 15 regular-season conference titles (seven since 2000); nine top-10 picks

Negatives: Lost 18 points due to sanctions and vacated wins; zero conference titles from 1972-90; five straight losing seasons from 1994-98 (17-71 in Big Ten); the unfortunate bad luck of reaching the NCAA title game in the two years before this study begins.

Fun fact: Ohio State has the sixth-most points nationally since Thad Matta became head coach in 2004.

Rank by the decade
1962-69: 49 (18th)
1970-79: 17 (T-78th)
1980-89: 46 (T-51st)
1990-99: 58 (32nd)
2000-present: 150 (11th)

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

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    14%
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    7%
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    79%

Discuss (Total votes: 9,785)

50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Mike Conley Jr. (2006-07)
G – Evan Turner (2007-10)
F – Dennis Hopson (1983-87)
F – Jim Jackson (1989-92)
C – Gary Bradds (1961-64)

Top options off the bench
Greg Oden (2006-07)
Jared Sullinger (2010-12)
Michael Redd (1997-2000)

50 in 50 coach: Fred Taylor (1959-76)

Best teams (1962-present)
1991-92 (26-6, NCAA Elite Eight)
2006-07 (35-4, NCAA runner-up)
2010-11 (34-3, NCAA Sweet 16)

--Harold Shelton and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post

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