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 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.

list ordered by

1
951 963
Duke Blue Devils men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

2
872 881
North Carolina Tar Heels men's... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

3
931 925
Kentucky Wildcats men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Southeastern Conference

4
758 791
Kansas Jayhawks Men's Basketba... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

5
534 754
UCLA Bruins men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference

6
461 530
Villanova Wildcats men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

7
549 756
Michigan State Spartans men's ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

8
448 721
Indiana Hoosiers men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

9
377 552
Syracuse Orange men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big East Conference

10
440 636
Louisville Cardinals men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

11
385 552
Connecticut Huskies men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

12
362 526
Arizona Wildcats men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference

13
345 512
Michigan Wolverines men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

14
296 396
Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
West Coast Conference

15
261 418
Georgetown Hoyas Men's Basketb... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big East Conference

16
270 462
Florida Gators men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Southeastern Conference

17
253 394
Wisconsin Badgers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

18
210 322
Butler Bulldogs men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

19
238 362
Virginia Cavaliers men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

20
208 399
Maryland Terrapins men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

21
201 373
Notre Dame Fighting Irish men'... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

22
185 349
Marquette Golden Eagles men's ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

23
188 407
Ohio State Buckeyes men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

24
180 311
Wichita State Shockers men's b... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

25
146 266
Cincinnati Bearcats men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

26
148 267
Purdue Boilermakers basketball is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big Ten Conference

27
136 258
North Carolina State Wolfpack ... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
North Carolina State Wolfpack men's basketball

28
147 223
West Virginia Mountaineers men... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

29
153 208
Xavier Musketeers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Ten Conference

30
117 237
Oregon Ducks men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference

31
92 95
Connecticut Huskies women's ba... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

32
105 254
UNLV Runnin' Rebels men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Mountain West Conference

33
107 283
Texas Longhorns men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

34
113 222
Memphis Tigers men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

35
75 120
Iowa State Cyclones men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

36
91 153
Creighton Bluejays men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

37
67 125
Kansas State Wildcats men's ba... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

38
75 138
Seton Hall Pirates men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

39
77 153
Wake Forest Demon Deacons men'... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

40
77 182
Miami Hurricanes men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

41
91 153
Virginia Commonwealth Rams men... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Colonial Athletic Association

42
97 165
University of Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
nwathumper added University of Arkansas

43
97 220
St. John's Red Storm men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

44
94 229
Illinois Fighting Illini men's... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

45
72 97
Providence Friars men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

46
72 125
Dayton Flyers men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Ten Conference

47
45 54
Tennessee Volunteers women's b... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Tom Derr added Tennessee Volunteers women's basketball

48
66 148
Temple Owls men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Ten Conference

49
64 121
Oklahoma Sooners men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

50
35 70
Texas Tech Red Raiders men's b... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs