HC Named 68th-Greatest Basketball Program Of All-Time

Jan. 21, 2005

The Holy Cross men's basketball program has been awarded the No. 68 spot in Street & Smith's 100 Greatest College Basketball Programs of All-Time, a collectible volume available in bookstores later this month.

Street & Smith's 100 Greatest College Basketball Programs of All-Time, available Jan. 25 at bookstores and other outlets, features a full page on the Holy Cross program, ranked No. 68 by the Street & Smith's editors. The page features photos of Crusader greats and a historical piece written by Patrick Maloney, former assistant media relations director at the College.

Street & Smith's 100 Greatest College Basketball Programs of All-Time also features a foreword by Bill Walton, one of the greatest college basketball players of all-time. Retail price for 100 Greatest Basketball Programs of All-Time is $6.99.

Factors used to determine the top 100 included NCAA Tournament Appearances, NCAA Tournament Wins, NCAA Final Fours, NCAA Tournament Finals, NCAA Championships, NIT Championships, Conference Regular Season Championships, Conference Tournament Championships, Independent Championships, All-Time Win-Loss Percentage, Graduation Rate, NCAA Infractions, First Round Draft Picks and Mascot Ferocity.

This year marks the 86th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1189-775 (.605), while making 22 postseason tournament appearances -- 11 trips to the NCAA Tournament and 11 to the National Invitation Tournament. In the history of collegiate basketball, Holy Cross is one of only 16 schools to have won the NCAA Tournament (1946-1947) as well as the National Invitational Tournament (1953-1954).

Throughout its history, Holy Cross has had six first team All-America selections, sent nine players on to professional basketball, had four players inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, has 23 players drafted by professional teams, had three players go on to coach professionally, and had 15 players who have coached in college, including current Crusader coach Ralph Willard.

Other New England schools to be ranked in the top 100 include Connecticut (ninth), Dartmouth (66th), Boston College (74th), Providence (75th), Massachusetts (78th) and Northeastern (93rd).