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
1,273 1,350
North Carolina Tar Heels men's... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference
2
1,335 1,346
Kentucky Wildcats men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Southeastern Conference
3
1,375 1,461
Duke Blue Devils men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference
4
1,067 1,137
Kansas Jayhawks Men's Basketba... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
5
817 1,110
Michigan State Spartans men's ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
6
761 1,162
UCLA Bruins men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference
7
690 867
Villanova Wildcats men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
8
637 1,090
Indiana Hoosiers men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
9
607 914
Louisville Cardinals men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
10
540 815
Michigan Wolverines men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
11
489 637
Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
West Coast Conference
12
540 854
Syracuse Orange men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big East Conference
13
535 819
Connecticut Huskies men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
14
481 760
Arizona Wildcats men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference
15
378 646
Georgetown Hoyas Men's Basketb... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big East Conference
16
402 521
Virginia Cavaliers men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference
17
369 671
Florida Gators men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Southeastern Conference
18
327 602
Wisconsin Badgers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
19
228 236
Connecticut Huskies women's ba... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
20
284 562
Maryland Terrapins men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference
21
238 397
Purdue Boilermakers men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
22
264 506
Marquette Golden Eagles men's ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
23
278 510
Butler Bulldogs men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
24
257 560
Ohio State Buckeyes men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
25
252 543
Notre Dame Fighting Irish men'... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs