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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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792 702
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
738 742
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
652 692
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
603 644
Kansas Jayhawks Men's Basketba... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

5
400 590
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
439 631
Michigan State Spartans men's ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

7
321 394
Villanova Wildcats men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

8
362 581
Indiana Hoosiers men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

9
309 435
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
371 513
Louisville Cardinals men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

11
295 417
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
315 441
Connecticut Huskies men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

13
275 421
Michigan Wolverines men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

14
229 309
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
229 377
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
223 312
Wisconsin Badgers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

17
200 345
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
163 245
Butler Bulldogs men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

19
183 320
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
168 296
Notre Dame Fighting Irish men'... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

21
156 240
Wichita State Shockers men's b... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

The Best Bourbon Brands

22
160 289
Marquette Golden Eagles men's ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

23
159 354
Ohio State Buckeyes men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

24
124 161
Xavier Musketeers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Xavier Musketeers men's basketball Atlantic Ten Conference

25
121 208
Purdue Boilermakers men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

26
175 307
Virginia Cavaliers men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Virginia Cavaliers men's basketball Atlantic Coast Conference

27
54 52
Connecticut Huskies women's ba... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

28
119 213
Cincinnati Bearcats men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

Basketball Teams with the Most Annoying Fans

29
116 173
West Virginia Mountaineers men... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

30
58 63
Providence Friars men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added Providence Friars men's basketball Big East Conference

31
107 213
North Carolina State Wolfpack ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

32
95 184
Oregon Ducks men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Oregon Ducks men's basketball Pacific-12 Conference

33
82 130
University of Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
nwathumper added University of Arkansas

34
92 213
UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball Mountain West Conference

35
96 183
Memphis Tigers men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

37 Celebrities Who Played High School Basketball

36
15 12
Loyola Ramblers men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added Loyola Ramblers men's basketball Horizon League

37
52 90
Iowa State Cyclones men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

38
73 123
Creighton Bluejays men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

39
79 129
VCU Rams men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
VCU Rams men's basketball Colonial Athletic Association

40
59 105
Seton Hall Pirates men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

41
64 93
Dayton Flyers men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Dayton Flyers men's basketball Atlantic Ten Conference

42
28 36
Tennessee Volunteers women's b... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

The Greatest Boston College Basketball Players of All Time

43
54 95
Oklahoma Sooners men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

44
63 127
Wake Forest Demon Deacons men'... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Wake Forest Demon Deacons men's basketball Atlantic Coast Conference

45
23 31
Penn State Nittany Lions men's... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

46
85 239
Texas Longhorns men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

47
60 126
Temple Owls men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Temple Owls men's basketball Atlantic Ten Conference

48
21 30
Saint Mary's Gaels men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

49
65 139
Baylor Bears basketball is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

50
66 153
Miami Hurricanes men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Miami Hurricanes men's basketball Atlantic Coast Conference