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.

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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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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Connecticut Huskies men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Syracuse Orange men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Syracuse Orange men's basketball Big East Conference

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Louisville Cardinals men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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

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

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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

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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

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Georgetown Hoyas Men's Basketb... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Georgetown Hoyas Men's Basketball Big East Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cincinnati Bearcats men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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

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Wichita State Shockers men's b... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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

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

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North Carolina State Wolfpack ... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
North Carolina State Wolfpack men's basketball

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

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

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UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball Mountain West Conference

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Memphis Tigers men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Creighton Bluejays men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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

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Texas Longhorns men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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

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

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Providence Friars men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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University of Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
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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

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VCU Rams men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
VCU Rams men's basketball Colonial Athletic Association

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Miami Hurricanes men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Miami Hurricanes men's basketball Atlantic Coast Conference

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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

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Oklahoma Sooners men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Illinois Fighting Illini men's... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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LSU Tigers men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
LSU Tigers men's basketball Southeastern Conference

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Texas Tech Red Raiders basketb... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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St. John's Red Storm men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Washington Huskies men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Washington Huskies men's basketball Pacific-12 Conference