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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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544 506
Duke Blue Devils men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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464 447
Kansas Jayhawks Men's Basketba... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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313 350
UCLA Bruins men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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358 392
Michigan State Spartans men's ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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301 356
Indiana Hoosiers men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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314 324
Louisville Cardinals men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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243 276
Arizona Wildcats men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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229 227
Villanova Wildcats men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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264 310
Connecticut Huskies men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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245 303
Syracuse Orange men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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218 315
Michigan Wolverines men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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180 214
Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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192 286
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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134 221
Notre Dame Fighting Irish men'... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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133 175
Virginia Cavaliers men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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132 220
Marquette Golden Eagles men's ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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133 281
Ohio State Buckeyes men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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116 192
Wichita State Shockers men's b... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Xavier Musketeers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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86 128
West Virginia Mountaineers men... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Connecticut Huskies women's ba... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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89 179
Purdue Boilermakers men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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89 177
Cincinnati Bearcats men's bask... 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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Creighton Bluejays men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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82 167
North Carolina State Wolfpack ... 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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Iowa State Cyclones men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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78 186
UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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59 107
Baylor Bears basketball is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Providence Friars men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
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Memphis Tigers men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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76 164
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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Dayton Flyers men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Boise State Broncos men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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75 181
Illinois Fighting Illini men's... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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South Carolina Gamecocks is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
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Miami Hurricanes men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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59 109
University of Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
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68 224
Texas Longhorns men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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46 70
Pittsburgh Panthers men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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40 84
Seton Hall Pirates men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Davidson Wildcats men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs