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The Best College Basketball Programs

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.

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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    Lexington

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    the people's #1 Lawrence

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    East Lansing

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    Chapel Hill

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    Los Angeles

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    Bloomington

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    Louisville

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    Syracuse

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    Storrs

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    Tucson

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    Ann Arbor

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    Gainesville

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Columbus

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    Washington, D.C.

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    Madison

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    Spokane

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    Milwaukee

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    Villanova

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    Austin

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    Champaign

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    Las Vegas

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    West Lafayette

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    Memphis

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    Indianapolis

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    Cincinnati

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    College Park

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    Eugene

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    North Carolina State Wolfpack men's basketball

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    San Diego

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    Richmond

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    Columbia

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    Morgantown

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    Provo

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    Baton Rouge

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    Cincinnati

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    Stillwater

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    Winston-Salem

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    Philadelphia

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    ranked low on reranks Pittsburgh

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    new! & added by nwathumper University of Arkansas

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