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List Rules 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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Kentucky Wildcats men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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North Carolina Tar Heels men's... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Kansas Jayhawks Men's Basketba... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Duke Blue Devils men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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UCLA Bruins men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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

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Indiana Hoosiers men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Louisville Cardinals men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Arizona Wildcats men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Villanova Wildcats men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Connecticut Huskies men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Syracuse Orange men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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

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Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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

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Wisconsin Badgers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Georgetown Hoyas Men's Basketb... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Maryland Terrapins men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Butler Bulldogs men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish men'... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Virginia Cavaliers men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Marquette Golden Eagles men's ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Ohio State Buckeyes men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Wichita State Shockers men's b... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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West Virginia Mountaineers men... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Xavier Musketeers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Purdue Boilermakers men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Cincinnati Bearcats men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Connecticut Huskies women's ba... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Oregon Ducks men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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North Carolina State Wolfpack ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
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UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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VCU Rams men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Creighton Bluejays men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Iowa State Cyclones men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Baylor Bears basketball is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Memphis Tigers men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Providence Friars men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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St. John's Red Storm men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Texas Longhorns men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Illinois Fighting Illini men's... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Dayton Flyers men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Miami Hurricanes men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Tennessee Volunteers women's b... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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University of Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
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Seton Hall Pirates men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Temple Owls men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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LSU Tigers men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Pittsburgh Panthers men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs