Earlier today ESPN.com started its 50 in 50 series in which it is ranking the top 50 men’s basketball programs from the last 50 years (starting with the 1962-63 season to now). BYU was ranked No. 36.
In the breakdown ESPN.com includes the rank by decade, including how many points the program accumulated each decade and where that point total ranks. See below.
Rank by the decade
1962-69: 28 (39th)
1970-79: 23 (T-67th)
1980-89: 50 (T-43rd)
1990-99: 36 (60th)
2000-present: 81 (29th)
Interestingly, BYU’s highest point total by far came from 2000 to now. Granted, that is a little more than a decade, but it is a testament to the job Coach Dave Rose has done in the last seven seasons.
With four conference titles, winning percentages of .690 or above every year (including two .800 seasons), six NCAA Tournament teams (including the Sweet 16 in 2011), a first-team All-American and a top 10 draft pick (anyone heard of Jimmer?), Rose has accumulated 58 points in his seven years, more than any other decade based on ESPN.com’s point system.