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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 2018. 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.

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799 707
Duke Blue Devils men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Duke Blue Devils men's basketball Atlantic Coast Conference

2
743 746
Kentucky Wildcats men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball Southeastern Conference

3
657 695
North Carolina Tar Heels men's... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball Atlantic Coast Conference

4
606 648
Kansas Jayhawks Men's Basketba... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

5
406 593
UCLA Bruins men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
UCLA Bruins men's basketball Pacific-12 Conference

6
443 635
Michigan State Spartans men's ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

7
328 396
Villanova Wildcats men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

8
367 583
Indiana Hoosiers men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

9
310 440
Syracuse Orange men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Syracuse Orange men's basketball Big East Conference

10
373 516
Louisville Cardinals men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

11
299 420
Arizona Wildcats men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Arizona Wildcats men's basketball Pacific-12 Conference

12
320 443
Connecticut Huskies men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

13
279 423
Michigan Wolverines men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

14
234 311
Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball West Coast Conference

The Best College Basketball Arenas

15
232 377
Florida Gators men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Florida Gators men's basketball Southeastern Conference

16
223 315
Wisconsin Badgers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

17
203 346
Georgetown Hoyas Men's Basketb... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Georgetown Hoyas Men's Basketball Big East Conference

18
165 248
Butler Bulldogs men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

19
185 321
Maryland Terrapins men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Maryland Terrapins men's basketball Atlantic Coast Conference

20
169 298
Notre Dame Fighting Irish men'... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

21
156 244
Wichita State Shockers men's b... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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22
160 290
Marquette Golden Eagles men's ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

23
122 209
Purdue Boilermakers men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

24
58 64
Providence Friars men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added Providence Friars men's basketball Big East Conference

25
175 308
Virginia Cavaliers men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Virginia Cavaliers men's basketball Atlantic Coast Conference

26
160 355
Ohio State Buckeyes men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

27
119 214
Cincinnati Bearcats men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

28
124 162
Xavier Musketeers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Xavier Musketeers men's basketball Atlantic Ten Conference

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29
116 175
West Virginia Mountaineers men... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

30
56 53
Connecticut Huskies women's ba... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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15 14
Loyola Ramblers men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added Loyola Ramblers men's basketball Horizon League

32
109 214
North Carolina State Wolfpack ... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

33
96 185
Oregon Ducks men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Oregon Ducks men's basketball Pacific-12 Conference

34
64 94
Dayton Flyers men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Dayton Flyers men's basketball Atlantic Ten Conference

35
19 29
TCU Horned Frogs basketball is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added TCU Horned Frogs basketball Big 12 Conference

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36
21 33
Saint Mary's Gaels men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

37
23 32
Penn State Nittany Lions men's... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

38
7 10
Buffalo Bulls men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added Buffalo Bulls men's basketball Mid-American Conference

39
73 124
Creighton Bluejays men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

40
96 184
Memphis Tigers men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

41
82 131
University of Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
nwathumper added University of Arkansas

42
93 214
UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball Mountain West Conference

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59 106
Seton Hall Pirates men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

44
9 15
Auburn Tigers men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

45
14 23
Rhode Island Rams men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added Rhode Island Rams men's basketball Atlantic 10 Conference

46
25 43
Texas Tech Red Raiders basketb... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

47
52 91
Iowa State Cyclones men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

48
5 9
Wright State Raiders men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added Wright State Raiders men's basketball Horizon League

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10 17
Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks ... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks Men's Basketball Southland Conference

50
7 13
North Carolina Central Eagles ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added North Carolina Central Eagles men's basketball Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference