Basketball The Best College Basketball Programs  

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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. Including teams most likely to win March Madness, these men's basketball teams feature the best college basketball players of 2019. 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 Tar Heels 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 ever? 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 regardless of how popular or small the university is. 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 ordered by

1
1,017 1,026
Duke Blue Devils men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

2
938 953
North Carolina Tar Heels men's... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

3
983 979
Kentucky Wildcats men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Southeastern Conference

4
807 838
Kansas Jayhawks Men's Basketba... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

5
569 798
UCLA Bruins men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference

6
488 574
Villanova Wildcats men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

7
572 811
Michigan State Spartans men's ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

8
477 764
Indiana Hoosiers men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

9
397 595
Syracuse Orange men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big East Conference

10
408 591
Connecticut Huskies men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

11
381 563
Arizona Wildcats men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference

12
458 673
Louisville Cardinals men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

13
363 545
Michigan Wolverines men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

14
317 427
Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
West Coast Conference

15
276 446
Georgetown Hoyas Men's Basketb... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big East Conference

16
276 494
Florida Gators men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Southeastern Conference

17
261 422
Wisconsin Badgers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

18
222 346
Butler Bulldogs men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

19
251 384
Virginia Cavaliers men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

20
217 424
Maryland Terrapins men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

21
209 397
Notre Dame Fighting Irish men'... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

22
192 371
Marquette Golden Eagles men's ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

23
198 430
Ohio State Buckeyes men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

24
187 332
Wichita State Shockers men's b... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

25
103 109
Connecticut Huskies women's ba... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

26
155 287
Cincinnati Bearcats men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

27
160 225
Xavier Musketeers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Ten Conference

28
154 287
Purdue Boilermakers basketball is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big Ten Conference

29
152 243
West Virginia Mountaineers men... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

30
141 278
North Carolina State Wolfpack ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
North Carolina State Wolfpack men's basketball

31
126 252
Oregon Ducks men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference

32
80 132
Iowa State Cyclones men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

33
95 164
Creighton Bluejays men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

34
118 235
Memphis Tigers men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

35
50 62
Tennessee Volunteers women's b... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Tom Derr added Tennessee Volunteers women's basketball

36
113 297
Texas Longhorns men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

37
102 173
University of Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
nwathumper added University of Arkansas

38
75 107
Providence Friars men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

39
69 135
Kansas State Wildcats men's ba... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

40
77 147
Seton Hall Pirates men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

41
93 162
Virginia Commonwealth Rams men... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Colonial Athletic Association

42
108 269
UNLV Runnin' Rebels men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Mountain West Conference

43
75 130
Dayton Flyers men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Ten Conference

44
27 53
TCU Horned Frogs basketball is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added Big 12 Conference

45
79 162
Wake Forest Demon Deacons men'... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

46
17 36
North Dakota State Bison men's... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added The Summit League

47
22 46
Saint Mary's Gaels men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

48
17 34
Nebraska Cornhuskers men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

49
38 77
Texas Tech Red Raiders men's b... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

50
101 229
St. John's Red Storm men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs