CHARLESTON, S.C. - The College of Charleston ranked No. 73 in a recent ESPN.com poll which rated the most successful men's college basketball programs in the country over the past half-century.
CofC was the highest-ranked Division I school in the state of South Carolina ahead of Winthrop (T-104), South Carolina State (T-140), South Carolina (T-146), Clemson (T-154), Coastal Carolina (T-186), Furman (T-201), Wofford (212), Charleston Southern (T-276) and The Citadel (305).
The Cougars, who have been Division I members for the last 21 years since the inaugural 1991-92 campaign, just missed the 50 in 50 cut, but qualified within the top 75 with 15 20-win seasons, zero losing seasons, 12 conference titles, four NCAA Tournament appearances and four NIT appearances.
Not to mention, star players who went on to play in the NBA including the school's all-time leading scorer in Andrew Goudelock of the Los Angeles Lakers and 13-year NBA veteran Anthony Johnson. This past summer, CofC also added its first-ever Olympian in current senior point guard Andrew Lawrence of Great Britain, who was one of only two collegians on a roster of the 12 countries that qualified for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Using a point system devised by the ESPN Stats & Information department, ESPN.com counted down the 50 most successful programs of the past 50 years based on (1) conference titles, (2) conference tournament titles, (3) win percentage, (4) No. 1 seeds, (5) NCAA Tournament berths, (6) NCAA First Round wins, (7) NCAA Second Round losses, (8) NCAA Sweet 16 losses, (9) NCAA Elite Eight losses, (10), National Semifinal losses, (11) Title Game losses, (12) National titles, (13) NIT titles, (14) First-Team All-Americans, (15) Second-Team All-Americans, (16) Players drafted in the NBA's Top 10, (17) Vacated seasons and (18) Sanctions.
In order for a school to be ranked in the study, the program must have 15 seasons as a full Division I member. Under that guideline, 309 programs qualified for the poll.