Weber State's Men's Basketball Program Named in the Top-100 Greatest of All-Time
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Release: Friday 02/03/2005
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OGDEN, Utah - Street and Smith’s publications has published a specialty magazine, ranking the 100 greatest men’s college basketball programs of all time. The publication arrived in the mail and newsstands throughout the country on Tuesday, January 25, 2005.


Weber State was ranked 51st by the publication. The one page article entitled “The Original Small School Power” was written by Travis Clemens. Clemens is a former co-sports editor of the Weber State Signpost. It details WSU’s rise from a junior college to four-year status. Quoting from the magazine. ... “WSU is a basketball school, the definition of a mid-major. It’s only been a four-year, NCAA school since 1962; prior to that it was a junior college. It didn’t even become a university until 1990. ... The Wildcat tradition comes from great coaches capable of getting incredible results from players they were able to bring to the small school.”


“The Weber State University men’s basketball program has a proud and storied tradition of excellence,” said WSU athletic director, William J. Weidner. “This outstanding achievement of being recognized as one of the top 100 NCAA Division I men’s basketball programs of all time, is a fitting and well deserved tribute to all of the many outstanding student-athletes, coaches and support staff personnel who have contributed to this tremendous legacy.”


The state of Utah was well represented in the piece. The University of Utah was ranked 11th, Brigham Young University was 36th and Utah State University was 82nd. The only other Big Sky Conference school listed was Idaho State. The Bengals came in 73rd. Former Big Sky Conference member, Gonzaga (1963-78), was ranked 89th.


“Obviously this is a big honor for our school and program,” said WSU head men’s basketball coach, Joe Cravens. “There are a lot of schools listed below us that have had great traditions, coaches and players. To be included with them is a great honor, let alone be ranked above them. This was a well done magazine. It took someone, or probably a lot of people, a lot of time to research out the information and I would have bought it even if we were not in there. If you are a college basketball junkie, then this magazine is for you.”


The Street and Smith Top 100 Men’s NCAA Division I College Basketball Programs of All-Time

1. Kentucky


3. North Carolina

4. Kansas

5. Duke

6. Indiana

7. Louisville

8. Arkansas

9. Connecticut

10. Cincinnati

11. Utah

12. Ohio State

13. Oklahoma State

14. Arizona

15. Syracuse

16. Pennsylvania

17. North Carolina State

18. St. John’s (NY)

19. Princeton

20. Temple

21. Georgetown

22. Kansas State

23. Texas

24. Oklahoma

25. Michigan State

26. Michigan

27. Illinois

28. UNLV

29. San Francisco

30. Purdue

31. Western Kentucky

32. Villanova

33. Marquette

34. West Virginia

35. Maryland

36. Brigham Young

37. Houston

38. Missouri

39. Notre Dame

40. Iowa

41. California

42. Wyoming

43. St. Joseph’s (PA)

44. Stanford

45. Creighton

46. Wake Forest

47. Miami (Ohio)

48. Xavier

49. UTEP

50. Louisiana State


52. Murray State

53. LaSalle

54. Alabama

55. Wisconsin

56. Virginia

57. DePaul

58. Oregon State

59. Tulsa

60. Pittsburgh

61. Memphis

62. North Carolina A&T

63. Bradley

64. Georgia Tech

65. Colorado

66. Dartmouth

67. Texas Tech

68. Holy Cross

69. Pepperdine

70. New Mexico State

71. Southern Methodist

72. Santa Clara

73. Idaho State

74. Boston College

75. Providence

76. Southern Cal

77. Tennessee

78. Massachusetts

79. Dayton

80. Davidson

81. Tennessee-Chattanooga

82. Utah State

83. Alcorn State

84. Iowa State

85. Washington

86. Ohio U.

87. Navy

88. UNC-Charlotte

89. Gonzaga

90. Valparaiso

91. Seton Hall

92. Arizona State

93. Northeastern

94. Oregon

95. Louisiana-Monroe

96. Florida

97. Loyola-Chicago

98. New Mexico

99. Mississippi State

100. Butler

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