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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

2
777 796
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

3
850 847
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

4
694 729
Kansas Jayhawks Men's Basketba... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

5
480 685
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
408 471
Villanova Wildcats men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

7
503 706
Michigan State Spartans men's ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

8
403 662
Indiana Hoosiers men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

9
335 485
Arizona Wildcats men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Arizona Wildcats men's basketball Pacific-12 Conference

10
356 511
Connecticut Huskies men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

11
339 508
Syracuse Orange men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Syracuse Orange men's basketball Big East Conference

12
408 594
Louisville Cardinals men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

13
317 472
Michigan Wolverines men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

14
278 359
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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259 424
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
234 388
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

17
242 359
Wisconsin Badgers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

18
194 290
Butler Bulldogs men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

19
218 336
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

20
191 344
Notre Dame Fighting Irish men'... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

21
197 372
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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144 234
Purdue Boilermakers men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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173 326
Marquette Golden Eagles men's ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

24
178 379
Ohio State Buckeyes men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

25
134 240
Cincinnati Bearcats men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

26
164 287
Wichita State Shockers men's b... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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147 183
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

28
131 200
West Virginia Mountaineers men... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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115 211
Oregon Ducks men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Oregon Ducks men's basketball Pacific-12 Conference

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121 241
North Carolina State Wolfpack ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
North Carolina State Wolfpack men's basketball

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75 79
Connecticut Huskies women's ba... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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98 234
UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball Mountain West Conference

33
105 203
Memphis Tigers men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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98 258
Texas Longhorns men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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69 121
Seton Hall Pirates men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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83 140
Creighton Bluejays men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

37
92 146
University of Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
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66 83
Providence Friars men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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68 109
Dayton Flyers men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Dayton Flyers men's basketball Atlantic Ten Conference

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56 111
Kansas State Wildcats men's ba... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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58 105
Iowa State Cyclones men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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72 165
Miami Hurricanes men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Miami Hurricanes men's basketball Atlantic Coast Conference

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70 141
Wake Forest Demon Deacons men'... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Wake Forest Demon Deacons men's basketball Atlantic Coast Conference

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60 104
Oklahoma Sooners men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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83 141
VCU Rams men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
VCU Rams men's basketball Colonial Athletic Association

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30 56
Texas Tech Red Raiders basketb... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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60 131
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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91 216
Illinois Fighting Illini men's... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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89 207
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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29 60
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