The Best College Basketball Programs

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List Criteria: Only major basketball programs from four-year universities

The best college basketball programs in the country come from some of the most distinguished universities and colleges in the US. These excellent athletic programs produce some of the basketball's most elite athletes and some of the greatest rivalries in sports, college or otherwise. These are the colleges with good basketball programs that regularly kill it on the court.

Some of these teams, like the Tarheels and the Jayhawks, are perennial contenders in the NCAA Men's Final Four and even NCAA basketball championship game, and other are up and coming programs that could soon rival the best college basketball programs for spots in the NCAA basketball tournament.

What are the best college basketball programs? What college has the best basketball program? What schools have the top basketball programs? There are a lot of answers to these questions that will likely be swayed by fervent fandom, but the point of this list is to compile answers and determine who has the top spot on the list of the best college basketball programs. If you know of a great basketball school that's not on the list yet, make sure to add it and get it in the running for the title of best college basketball program.

And since this is likely a list to be visited while thinking about, or in the throws of, March Madness, be sure to consult these tips for picking NCAA brackets when you're sifting through the up-and-comers trying to decide who will make it to the Sweet 16 and beyond.
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    Kansas Jayhawks Men's Basketba... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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    Kansas Jayhawks Men's Basketball Lawrence

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    Duke Blue Devils men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs


    Duke Blue Devils men's basketball Durham

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    Kentucky Wildcats men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs


    Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball Lexington

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    North Carolina Tar Heels men's... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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    North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball Chapel Hill

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    Indiana Hoosiers men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs


    Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball Bloomington

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    Michigan State Spartans men's ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs


    Michigan State Spartans men's basketball East Lansing

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    UCLA Bruins men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs


    UCLA Bruins men's basketball Los Angeles

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    Connecticut Huskies men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs


    Connecticut Huskies men's basketball Storrs

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    Louisville Cardinals men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs


    Louisville Cardinals men's basketball Louisville

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    Arizona Wildcats men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs


    Arizona Wildcats men's basketball Tucson

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    Villanova Wildcats men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs


    Villanova Wildcats men's basketball Villanova

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    Michigan Wolverines men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs


    Michigan Wolverines men's basketball Ann Arbor

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    Washington, D.C.

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    Florida Gators men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs


    Florida Gators men's basketball Gainesville

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    Madison

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    Ohio State Buckeyes men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs


    Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball Columbus

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    Virginia Cavaliers men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs


    Virginia Cavaliers men's basketball

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    Las Vegas

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    Texas Longhorns men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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    Texas Longhorns men's basketball Austin

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    Cincinnati

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    Purdue Boilermakers basketball is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs


    Purdue Boilermakers basketball West Lafayette

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    North Carolina State Wolfpack ... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs


    North Carolina State Wolfpack men's basketball

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    Cincinnati

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    Memphis

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    Richmond

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    Oklahoma Sooners men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs


    Oklahoma Sooners men's basketball Norman

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    University of Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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    University of Arkansas

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    Baylor Bears basketball is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs


    Baylor Bears basketball

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    Baton Rouge

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    Creighton Bluejays men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs


    Creighton Bluejays men's basketball

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    Arizona State Sun Devils men's... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs


    Arizona State Sun Devils men's basketball Tempe

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