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
989 1,003
Duke Blue Devils men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

2
916 927
North Carolina Tar Heels men's... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

3
960 957
Kentucky Wildcats men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Southeastern Conference

4
784 820
Kansas Jayhawks Men's Basketba... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

5
553 778
UCLA Bruins men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference

6
473 559
Villanova Wildcats men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

7
562 789
Michigan State Spartans men's ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

8
465 746
Indiana Hoosiers men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

9
398 575
Connecticut Huskies men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

10
384 581
Syracuse Orange men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big East Conference

11
448 660
Louisville Cardinals men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

12
371 551
Arizona Wildcats men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference

13
350 534
Michigan Wolverines men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

14
304 418
Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
West Coast Conference

15
268 437
Georgetown Hoyas Men's Basketb... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big East Conference

16
273 482
Florida Gators men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Southeastern Conference

17
255 414
Wisconsin Badgers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

18
216 338
Butler Bulldogs men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

19
243 379
Virginia Cavaliers men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

20
214 416
Maryland Terrapins men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

21
206 388
Notre Dame Fighting Irish men'... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

22
189 363
Marquette Golden Eagles men's ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

23
194 422
Ohio State Buckeyes men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

24
153 279
Cincinnati Bearcats men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

25
184 327
Wichita State Shockers men's b... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

26
141 271
North Carolina State Wolfpack ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
North Carolina State Wolfpack men's basketball

27
149 283
Purdue Boilermakers basketball is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big Ten Conference

28
150 237
West Virginia Mountaineers men... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

29
156 219
Xavier Musketeers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Ten Conference

30
100 103
Connecticut Huskies women's ba... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

31
121 247
Oregon Ducks men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference

32
111 292
Texas Longhorns men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

33
108 264
UNLV Runnin' Rebels men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Mountain West Conference

34
116 230
Memphis Tigers men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

35
78 127
Iowa State Cyclones men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

36
92 161
Creighton Bluejays men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

37
68 132
Kansas State Wildcats men's ba... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

38
101 170
University of Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
nwathumper added University of Arkansas

39
75 145
Seton Hall Pirates men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

40
77 160
Wake Forest Demon Deacons men'... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

41
99 228
St. John's Red Storm men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

42
92 159
Virginia Commonwealth Rams men... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Colonial Athletic Association

43
77 191
Miami Hurricanes men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

44
95 236
Illinois Fighting Illini men's... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

45
75 102
Providence Friars men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

46
49 58
Tennessee Volunteers women's b... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Tom Derr added Tennessee Volunteers women's basketball

47
74 128
Dayton Flyers men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Ten Conference

48
68 152
Temple Owls men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Ten Conference

49
65 153
LSU Tigers men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Southeastern Conference

50
66 140
Davidson Wildcats men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs