Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 8/25/12

I have waited to post about North Carolina basketball being ranked the best program in the past fifty years by ESPN.com mostly cause I did not want to write a homer blog about it, but more because I wanted to find something to work off of what the world leader in sports did. First off I truly liked that this survey of the Top 50 programs was done using a point system and not by some so called experts views of the same schools. This meant while many things went into making this ranking, the one that was not included was bias by anyone. And that is just fine with me.

While I am exstatic that Carolina was the top program for the last five decades, who would not be when their program is ranked the best of the best, being a Top 3 school was what I was hoping for as the list was being outlined over at ESPN. To be noted and to be fair, UCLA would have won this if not for the violations they received that put them just a tad below UNC. I also believe that being in the Top 5 or 10 of a list for such a long time period is nothing to be ashamed of. And if you look at the teams in this ranking you know this is not about being the top of the top, proof being that Syracuse is seventh in this ranking and has only one national title. This is about being very good for a very long time, and that is something that North Carolina basketball has been, first with Hall of Famer Dean Smith and now with Hall of Famer Roy Williams, for quite sometimes. To the ABC’ers and haters that will shout about the bad season of this decade all I will say is this: a bump in the road is a lot less damaging than five or more years of mediocrity.

While I will not talk too much about this survey done by the world leader in sports it has made me think of doing something else to detail what Carolina basketball has been throughout the over 100 years of existence. Starting in the next few days and going on until I have talked about all of them I will start a segment called “Raising to the Rafters”, which will be a look at each and every player that has been honored by being put up on the ceiling of the Dean Dome. Those will have the eight players that have their numbers retired forever, including the last one to go up there, Tyler Hansbrough.

It is going to be exciting to talk about the many players that have their jerseys up there and what they did in their time in Chapel Hill. Looking forward to all of this and to remind anyone reading this, and myself, how much talent and chemistry has come out from what ESPN considers the best program in the last fifty years. Of course for more North Carolina basketball and/or football news make sure to check back often here at isportsweb!

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