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August 23, 2012

Penn, Princeton Named ESPN.com's Top 50 Men's College Basketball Programs in the Past 50 Years

Scoring System | 50 for 50 Listing: Penn | Princeton | Complete List

Portions courtesy of Penn Athletic Communications and Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivy League men's basketball recently received some lofty recognition from ESPN.com as Penn and Princeton were listed among the top 50 men's college basketball programs in the past half-century.

Ironically, the Quakers and Tigers tied each other for 22nd in the listing based on a point system devised by the ESPN Stats & Information department. Penn has won all of its 25 Ivy League titles and made appearance in 23 NCAA Tournaments during the time period viewed by ESPN.com. In the same time frame, Princeton made a Final Four appearance (1965), 20 NCAA Tournament berths and captured 21 Ivy League titles.

The Quakers put together a Final Four run in 1978-79, and had two other teams (1970-71 and 1971-72) advance to the NCAA regional final, one step shy of the Final Four. Penn players have been awarded Ivy League Player of the Year 16 times, most recently Zack Rosen this past season.

In 1998, the Tigers achieved the highest NCAA Tournament seed in Ivy League history, entering the tourney as a No. 5 and defeating UNLV before coming up short against fourth-seeded Michigan State in the second round. That team, which finished 27-2, was ranked in the Associated Press poll from December 1997 through the end of the season, finishing at No. 8.

As part of the project, ESPN.com put together all-star teams since 1962-63. For Penn, Ron Haigler (1973-75) and Jerome Allen (1992-95) as guards, Tony Price (1977-79) and Corky Calhoun (1970-72) as forwards, and Stan Pawlak (1964-66) as center were selected. Picked as top options off the bench were Bobby Morse (1969-72), Keven McDonald (1975-78) and Ugonna Onyekwe (1999-2003). Chuck Daly, who headed up the program from 1972-77, was named the 50 in 50 Coach.

For Princeton, Bill Bradley (1962-65), Geoff Petrie (1967-70), Craig Robinson (1979-83), Brian Taylor (1969-72) and Armond Hill (1973-76) were chosen as the Tigers' starting five with Kit Mueller (1987-91), John Hummer (1967-70) and Frank Sowinski (1975-78) as the top three reserves. Hall of Fame head coach Pete Carril (1967-96) was selected as the program's 50 in 50 Coach.