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
1,052 1,082
Duke Blue Devils men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

2
969 1,000
North Carolina Tar Heels men's... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

3
1,029 1,013
Kentucky Wildcats men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Southeastern Conference

4
845 871
Kansas Jayhawks Men's Basketba... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

5
596 844
UCLA Bruins men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference

6
517 610
Villanova Wildcats men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

7
601 847
Michigan State Spartans men's ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

8
500 801
Indiana Hoosiers men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

9
413 631
Syracuse Orange men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big East Conference

10
389 576
Michigan Wolverines men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

11
423 625
Connecticut Huskies men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

12
471 708
Louisville Cardinals men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

13
391 597
Arizona Wildcats men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference

14
341 446
Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
West Coast Conference

15
298 471
Georgetown Hoyas Men's Basketb... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big East Conference

16
285 521
Florida Gators men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Southeastern Conference

17
271 448
Wisconsin Badgers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

18
231 369
Butler Bulldogs men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

19
265 405
Virginia Cavaliers men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

20
207 391
Marquette Golden Eagles men's ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

21
223 445
Maryland Terrapins men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

22
215 423
Notre Dame Fighting Irish men'... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

23
211 449
Ohio State Buckeyes men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

24
120 126
Connecticut Huskies women's ba... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

25
162 305
Cincinnati Bearcats men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

26
170 241
Xavier Musketeers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Ten Conference

27
152 288
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
160 256
West Virginia Mountaineers men... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

29
161 301
Purdue Boilermakers basketball is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big Ten Conference

30
189 354
Wichita State Shockers men's b... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

31
129 270
Oregon Ducks men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference

32
129 244
Memphis Tigers men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

33
86 143
Iowa State Cyclones men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

34
87 154
Seton Hall Pirates men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

35
57 69
Tennessee Volunteers women's b... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Tom Derr added Tennessee Volunteers women's basketball

36
101 174
Creighton Bluejays men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

37
110 179
University of Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
nwathumper added University of Arkansas

38
84 116
Providence Friars men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

39
120 306
Texas Longhorns men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

40
74 144
Kansas State Wildcats men's ba... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

41
111 232
St. John's Red Storm men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

42
114 277
UNLV Runnin' Rebels men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Mountain West Conference

43
23 43
DePaul Blue Demons men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added Big East Conference

44
85 169
Wake Forest Demon Deacons men'... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

45
19 40
Arkansas Razorbacks men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added Southeastern Conference

46
73 131
Oklahoma Sooners men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

47
95 170
Virginia Commonwealth Rams men... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Colonial Athletic Association

48
41 80
Texas Tech Red Raiders men's b... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

49
60 118
Tennessee Volunteers basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Southeastern Conference

50
9 7
NC State Wolfpack basketball is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added Atlantic Coast Conference