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

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1,016 1,022
Duke Blue Devils men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

2
937 950
North Carolina Tar Heels men's... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

3
982 977
Kentucky Wildcats men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Southeastern Conference

4
806 836
Kansas Jayhawks Men's Basketba... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

5
568 797
UCLA Bruins men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference

6
488 573
Villanova Wildcats men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

7
572 810
Michigan State Spartans men's ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

8
477 763
Indiana Hoosiers men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

9
396 594
Syracuse Orange men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big East Conference

10
381 562
Arizona Wildcats men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference

11
408 590
Connecticut Huskies men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

12
458 672
Louisville Cardinals men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

13
362 545
Michigan Wolverines men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

14
316 427
Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
West Coast Conference

15
276 445
Georgetown Hoyas Men's Basketb... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big East Conference

16
276 493
Florida Gators men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Southeastern Conference

17
260 422
Wisconsin Badgers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

18
221 345
Butler Bulldogs men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

19
250 384
Virginia Cavaliers men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

20
217 423
Maryland Terrapins men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

21
209 396
Notre Dame Fighting Irish men'... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

22
192 370
Marquette Golden Eagles men's ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

23
197 430
Ohio State Buckeyes men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

24
103 108
Connecticut Huskies women's ba... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

25
187 331
Wichita State Shockers men's b... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

26
155 286
Cincinnati Bearcats men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

27
160 224
Xavier Musketeers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Ten Conference

28
152 242
West Virginia Mountaineers men... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

29
153 287
Purdue Boilermakers basketball is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big Ten Conference

30
141 277
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
126 251
Oregon Ducks men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference

32
80 131
Iowa State Cyclones men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

33
94 164
Creighton Bluejays men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

34
118 234
Memphis Tigers men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

35
75 106
Providence Friars men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

36
102 172
University of Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
nwathumper added University of Arkansas

37
113 296
Texas Longhorns men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

38
49 62
Tennessee Volunteers women's b... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Tom Derr added Tennessee Volunteers women's basketball

39
77 146
Seton Hall Pirates men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

40
68 135
Kansas State Wildcats men's ba... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

41
93 161
Virginia Commonwealth Rams men... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Colonial Athletic Association

42
108 268
UNLV Runnin' Rebels men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Mountain West Conference

43
75 129
Dayton Flyers men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Ten Conference

44
17 35
North Dakota State Bison men's... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added The Summit League

45
79 161
Wake Forest Demon Deacons men'... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

46
22 45
Saint Mary's Gaels men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

47
26 53
TCU Horned Frogs basketball is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added Big 12 Conference

48
16 36
DePaul Blue Demons men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added Big East Conference

49
16 34
Nebraska Cornhuskers men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

50
16 34
Boston College Eagles men's ba... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added Atlantic Coast Conference