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50 in 50 rankings: No. 38 Kansas State

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.

38. Kansas State (214 points)

Positives: Made 1964 Final Four; six conference titles in 11-season span from 1963 to 1973.

Negatives: Zero NCAA tournament appearances from 1997 to 2007; no conference title of any kind since 1980.

Fun fact: Kansas State's current stretch of three consecutive NCAA tourney appearances is its longest streak since making four straight from 1987 to 1990.

Rank by the decade

1962-69: 44 (T-23rd)

1970-79: 88 (11th)

1980-89: 51 (T-40th)

1990-99: 1 (T-161st)

2000-present: 30 (T-86th)

50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)

G – Steve Henson (1986-90)

G – Rolando Blackman (1977-81)

F – Mitch Richmond (1986-88)

F – Michael Beasley (2007-08)

C – Ed Nealy (1978-82)

Top options off the bench

Willie Murrell (1962-64)

Chuckie Williams (1972-76)

Jacob Pullen (2007-11)

50 in 50 coach: Jack Hartman (1970-86)

Best teams (1962-present)

1963-64 (22-7, NCAA national semifinals)

1980-81 (24-9, NCAA Elite Eight)

2009-10 (29-8, NCAA Elite Eight)

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