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.
50. Boston College (159 points)
Positives: The 1966-67 team coached by Bob Cousy posted a 23-point season, the highest season total for the school in our study. That season ended in the NCAA regional final, with one of the Eagles’ three losses. BC won at least a share of six Big East titles before departing for the ACC.
Negatives: One of those teams with the dreaded “Best Program Never to Reach the Final Four” tag. In addition to zero Final Fours, zero consensus All-Americans. Went eight straight seasons (1986 to 1993) without making the NCAA tournament.
Did you know? BC has tallied negative points in three of seven seasons since joining the ACC in 2005-06. In its final five seasons in the Big East, it "out-pointed" schools such as Florida, Louisville and Utah.
Rank by the decade
1962-69: 42 (26th)
1970-79: 0 (T-132nd)
1980-89: 45 (T-54th)
1990-99: 17 (T-99th)
2000-present: 55 (T-48th)
50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Michael Adams (1981-85)
G – John Bagley (1979-82)
F – Terry Driscoll (1966-69)
F – Craig Smith (2002-06)
C – Jay Murphy (1980-84)
Top options off the bench
Troy Bell (1999-2003)
Jared Dudley (2003-07)
Billy Curley (1990-94)
50 in 50 coach: Bob Cousy (1963-69)
Best teams (1962-present)
1966-67 (21-3, NCAA Elite Eight)
1981-82 (22-10, NCAA Elite Eight)
2000-01 (27-5, NCAA second round)
--Nick Loucks and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post.