Penn Ranks 34th in ESPN.com's "Prestige Rankings"

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PHILADELPHIA - ESPN.com is releasing its historical rankings ofthe NCAADivision I men’s basketball teams over the course of this week, and the website announced Tuesday that the University of Pennsylvania came in at No. 34 in its "Prestige Rankings."

Penn was credited with 102 points using ESPN’s point system, listed below. The Quakers were just ahead of Alabama from the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and just behind Georgia Tech from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).Penn isthe highest-ranking Ivy League program in the website’s rankings; Princeton is second at No. 40, with 93 points.

The rankings take into account the past 24 seasons, since the NCAA Tournament field expanded to 64 teams for the 1984-85 campaign.

ESPN let the numbers do the talking by assigning the following point values for certain successes and failures:

• National title ... 25
• Title game loss ... 20
• National semifinal loss ... 15
• Elite Eight loss ... 10
• Best W-L record in conference's regular season ... 5
• 30-plus wins in a season ... 5
• Sweet 16 loss ... 5
• Conference tournament title ... 3
• AP first-team All-American ... 3
• Losing in NCAA second round ... 3
• Player in top 10 of NBA draft ... 2
• NCAA first-round win as a 12-16 seed ... 2
• NIT title ... 2
• AP second-team All-American ... 2
• 20-29 wins in a season ... 1
• NCAA tournament berth ... 1
• Postseason NIT berth ... 1
• AP third-team All-American ... 1
• NCAA first-round loss to a 12-16 seed ... -2
• Losing season ... -3
• Ban from NCAA tournament ... -3
>> Minimum 15 seasons in Division I
** Ties are broken by overall winning percentage since the 1984-85 season
^^ Teams are listed with their current conferences