ESPN Names UNC Top Hoops Program of Last 50 Years - SCACCHoops.com

ESPN Names UNC Top Hoops Program of Last 50 Years

   Posted by Tar Heel Fan at  8/24/2012 6:03:52 PM  |  Follow us on Twitter: @scacchoops
Discuss     Bookmark and Share

In one of those off-season gimmicks designed to drive web hits and generate message board traffic, ESPN’s Stats and Information department devised a point system and ranked the top 50 college basketball programs of the last 50 years. Their number one program? Carolina.

UNC amassed 911 points, just ahead of second-place finisher UCLA. Those two were the only schools to break the 900-point barrier, followed by Kentucky, Duke, and Kansas. Admittedly the Heels are #1 with an asterisk, as the scoring system deducted points for NCAA sanctions, which cost the Bruins 13 points and the top spot.

According to ESPN.com:

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.

The overall consistency of the program has been its hallmark for a half-century, as Carolina has avoided the extended downturns that have befallen the other four top programs at some point during this time period.

ESPN.com also named its all-time starting five over the past 50 years:

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)

There’s no doubt the top 5 programs of the past 50 years are the five named here, in some order, and UNC would pretty much be in the top 3 regardless of the criteria used.  Still, some fodder for discussion with the start of basketball practice less than 8 weeks away.

This article was originally published at http://tarheelblog.com. If you are interested in sharing your website's content with SCACCHoops.com, Contact Us.

 

Post a Comment About this Article
Entry Link     0 Comment(s)
Subscribe  

There are currently no posts for this NewsBreaker


Post a Comment

Posting As:   Remember Me?
Subject:
Message:

Before submitting this form, please type the color of the second character:


Search
Search
Advertisement
 
Poll
Which ACC team has the best chance to win the National Championship?
Duke
Virginia
Notre Dame
UNC
Louisville
NC State


Newsbreakers
Dean Smith Will Included $200 for Each of His Players
3/26/2015 5:22:15 PM
Cat Barber addresses Booger-Gate 2015
3/26/2015 5:21:52 PM
ACC Morning Linkfest 3/26/2015 with Game Sim Predictions
3/26/2015 6:59:38 AM
Rick Pitino talks Sweet 16 on The Jim Rome Show
3/25/2015 8:05:35 PM
UNC Knee Watch 2015: The Open Practice
3/25/2015 8:05:14 PM
Never forget: Cat Barber wiped a booger on Montrezl Harrell
3/25/2015 9:25:16 AM
Game Sim predicts the 2015 Sweet 16
3/25/2015 6:58:38 AM
ACC Morning Linkfest 3/25/2015 with Game Sim Predictions
3/25/2015 6:13:57 AM
Kennedy Meeks Injury Update
3/24/2015 8:22:35 PM
The History of UNC Injuries in the NCAA Tournament
3/24/2015 2:42:29 PM
Virginia: Out With the Old, In With the New
3/24/2015 2:41:50 PM
Duke Looks to Be in Championship Form
3/24/2015 9:31:57 AM
ACC Morning Linkfest 3/24/2015 with Game Sim Predictions
3/24/2015 7:11:03 AM
What's Next for Justin Anderson?
3/23/2015 8:05:23 PM
Rick Pitino, Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell talk about the win over Northern Iowa
3/23/2015 10:32:27 AM
Message Board
 
YBN Widget
RSS Feed  
SCACC Hoops has no affiliation to the NCAA or the ACC
Team logos are trademarks of their respective organizations (more/credits)