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
912 913
North Carolina Tar Heels men's... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

2
982 992
Duke Blue Devils men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

3
951 947
Kentucky Wildcats men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Southeastern Conference

4
778 811
Kansas Jayhawks Men's Basketba... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

5
546 771
UCLA Bruins men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference

6
560 776
Michigan State Spartans men's ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

7
468 550
Villanova Wildcats men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

8
456 740
Indiana Hoosiers men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

9
381 573
Syracuse Orange men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big East Conference

10
394 570
Connecticut Huskies men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

11
369 543
Arizona Wildcats men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference

12
442 656
Louisville Cardinals men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

13
348 529
Michigan Wolverines men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

14
302 413
Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
West Coast Conference

15
265 434
Georgetown Hoyas Men's Basketb... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big East Conference

16
273 477
Florida Gators men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Southeastern Conference

17
255 409
Wisconsin Badgers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

18
213 336
Butler Bulldogs men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

19
243 374
Virginia Cavaliers men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

20
213 412
Maryland Terrapins men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

21
205 384
Notre Dame Fighting Irish men'... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

22
187 360
Marquette Golden Eagles men's ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

23
193 417
Ohio State Buckeyes men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

24
151 276
Cincinnati Bearcats men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

25
182 324
Wichita State Shockers men's b... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

26
141 267
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
149 278
Purdue Boilermakers basketball is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big Ten Conference

28
149 233
West Virginia Mountaineers men... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

29
154 217
Xavier Musketeers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Ten Conference

30
120 245
Oregon Ducks men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference

31
98 102
Connecticut Huskies women's ba... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

32
108 261
UNLV Runnin' Rebels men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Mountain West Conference

33
110 290
Texas Longhorns men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

34
116 227
Memphis Tigers men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

35
77 125
Iowa State Cyclones men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

36
68 129
Kansas State Wildcats men's ba... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

37
91 159
Creighton Bluejays men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

38
75 142
Seton Hall Pirates men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

39
100 168
University of Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
nwathumper added University of Arkansas

40
77 157
Wake Forest Demon Deacons men'... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

41
99 225
St. John's Red Storm men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

42
77 188
Miami Hurricanes men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

43
91 157
Virginia Commonwealth Rams men... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Colonial Athletic Association

44
95 233
Illinois Fighting Illini men's... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

45
74 99
Providence Friars men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

46
48 56
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
73 126
Dayton Flyers men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Ten Conference

48
67 150
Temple Owls men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Ten Conference

49
65 122
Oklahoma Sooners men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

50
36 72
Texas Tech Red Raiders men's b... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs