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
1,273 1,346
North Carolina Tar Heels men's... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference
2
1,332 1,345
Kentucky Wildcats men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Southeastern Conference
3
1,372 1,458
Duke Blue Devils men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference
4
1,065 1,136
Kansas Jayhawks Men's Basketba... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
5
816 1,108
Michigan State Spartans men's ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
6
760 1,160
UCLA Bruins men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference
7
688 866
Villanova Wildcats men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
8
636 1,089
Indiana Hoosiers men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
9
607 913
Louisville Cardinals men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
10
540 814
Michigan Wolverines men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
11
539 853
Syracuse Orange men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big East Conference
12
487 637
Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
West Coast Conference
13
535 817
Connecticut Huskies men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
14
480 759
Arizona Wildcats men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference
15
401 520
Virginia Cavaliers men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference
16
376 646
Georgetown Hoyas Men's Basketb... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big East Conference
17
368 671
Florida Gators men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Southeastern Conference
18
327 601
Wisconsin Badgers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
19
228 234
Connecticut Huskies women's ba... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
20
283 562
Maryland Terrapins men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference
21
237 397
Purdue Boilermakers men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
22
262 505
Marquette Golden Eagles men's ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
23
276 509
Butler Bulldogs men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
24
257 558
Ohio State Buckeyes men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
25
252 540
Notre Dame Fighting Irish men'... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs