Philadelphia - The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball program was named the 16th greatest college basketball program of all-time by Street and Smith’s Specialty Publications. The Quakers were the first Ivy League and Big 5 institution to appear on the list.
"To be selected as the 16th best college basketball program of all-time is quite an honor and one that makes all of us very proud,” Steve Bilsky, former Penn basketball player and current Penn Director of Athletics said. “It is very noteworthy that all five Big 5 schools were cited. The fact that Penn received the highest ranking of all the Big 5 schools speaks to the decades of great Quakers basketball.”
Since the 1988 season, Penn or Princeton, who ranked 19th, has represented the Ancient Eight in every NCAA Tournament and only six times since the founding of the Ivy League in 1956 has Penn or Princeton not won the Ivy Championship.
Penn is home to The Palestra, one of college basketball’s most historic gyms. The Quakers have dominated their opponents on their home court, sporting a 727-314 overall record and a 290-60 League mark. The programs were graded on the basis of NCAA Tournament success, NIT success, national championships, conference regular season and tournament titles, all-time win-loss percentage, graduation rate, NCAA infractions, NBA first-round draft picks and mascot ferocity.
Street & Smith's 100 Greatest College Basketball Programs of All Time was made available nationally on newsstands and in retail stores on Jan. 25.
The Quakers open its Ivy League campaign this weekend hosting Yale on Jan. 28 at 8 p.m and Brown on Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. in The Palestra.
Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications