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The Best College Basketball Programs

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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.

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.

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

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    Lawrence More
    71
  2. 2
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    Lexington More
    69
  3. 3
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    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    Duke Blue Devils men's basketball

    Durham More
    69
  4. 4
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    East Lansing More
    69
  5. 5
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball

    Chapel Hill More
    68
  6. 6
    Up 34
    Down 31

    ranked low on reranks
    Syracuse Orange men's basketball

    Syracuse More
    67
  7. 7
    Up 43
    Down 48

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    UCLA Bruins men's basketball

    Los Angeles More
    67
  8. 8
    Up 44
    Down 39
    Louisville More
    67
  9. 9
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    ranked low on reranks
    Arizona Wildcats men's basketball

    Tucson More
    65
  10. 10
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball

    Bloomington More
    64
  11. 11
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    Florida Gators men's basketball

    Gainesville More
    64
  12. 12
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    Storrs More
    62
  13. 13
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball

    Columbus More
    59
  14. 14
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Michigan Wolverines men's basketball

    Ann Arbor More
    57
  15. 15
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Georgetown Hoyas Men's Basketball

    Washington, D.C. More
    54
  16. 16
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    Villanova More
    52
  17. 17
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    Milwaukee More
    51
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    Spokane More
    49
  19. 19
    Up 13
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    Madison More
    48
  20. 20
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    ranked low on reranks
    Memphis Tigers men's basketball

    Memphis More
    47
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball

    Champaign More
    46
  22. 22
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Maryland Terrapins men's basketball

    College Park More
    46
  23. 23
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    Cincinnati More
    46
  24. 24
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    Butler Bulldogs men's basketball

    Indianapolis More
    45
  25. 25
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    Las Vegas More
    45
  26. 26
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    controversial
    North Carolina State Wolfpack men's basketball

    44
  27. 27
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    Austin More
    44
  28. 28
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    St. John's Red Storm men's basketball

    44
  29. 29
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball

    43
  30. 30
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    Cincinnati More
    43
  31. 31
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    Stillwater More
    42
  32. 32
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    ranked low on reranks
    Oregon Ducks men's basketball

    Eugene More
    41
  33. 33
    Up 11
    Down 21

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Purdue Boilermakers basketball

    West Lafayette More
    41
  34. 34
    Up 8
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    40
  35. 35
    Up 9
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Baylor Bears men's basketball

    39
  36. 36
    Up 13
    Down 24

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Miami Hurricanes men's basketball

    39
  37. 37
    Up 7
    Down 9

    ranked low on reranks
    Missouri Tigers men's basketball

    Columbia More
    39
  38. 38
    Up 7
    Down 8
    San Diego More
    39
  39. 39
    Up 7
    Down 9

    ranked low on reranks
    BYU Cougars men's basketball

    Provo More
    39
  40. 40
    Up 6
    Down 9
    38
  41. 41
    Up 13
    Down 23

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Virginia Cavaliers basketball

    37
  42. 42
    Up 7
    Down 13

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    West Virginia Mountaineers men's basketball

    Morgantown More
    37
  43. 43
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    36
  44. 44
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    ranked low on reranks
    New Mexico Lobos Basketball

    36
  45. 45
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    34
  46. 46
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    34
  47. 47
    Up 10
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    Winston-Salem More
    34
  48. 48
    Up 8
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    East Orange More
    33
  49. 49
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    ranked high on reranks
    Clemson Tigers men's basketball

    Clemson More
    33
  50. 50
    Up 8
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    Berkeley More
    33
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