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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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794 706
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
740 745
Kentucky Wildcats men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball Southeastern Conference

3
654 694
North Carolina Tar Heels men's... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball Atlantic Coast Conference

4
604 647
Kansas Jayhawks Men's Basketba... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

5
401 593
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
441 633
Michigan State Spartans men's ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

7
325 395
Villanova Wildcats men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

8
363 583
Indiana Hoosiers men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

9
309 438
Syracuse Orange men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Syracuse Orange men's basketball Big East Conference

10
372 514
Louisville Cardinals men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

11
296 419
Arizona Wildcats men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Arizona Wildcats men's basketball Pacific-12 Conference

12
317 441
Connecticut Huskies men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

13
277 422
Michigan Wolverines men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

14
231 310
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

15
229 377
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
223 312
Wisconsin Badgers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

17
201 345
Georgetown Hoyas Men's Basketb... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Georgetown Hoyas Men's Basketball Big East Conference

18
164 246
Butler Bulldogs men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

19
183 320
Maryland Terrapins men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Maryland Terrapins men's basketball Atlantic Coast Conference

20
168 296
Notre Dame Fighting Irish men'... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

21
156 241
Wichita State Shockers men's b... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

The Best Bourbon Brands

22
160 289
Marquette Golden Eagles men's ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

23
121 208
Purdue Boilermakers men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

24
58 63
Providence Friars men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added Providence Friars men's basketball Big East Conference

25
175 307
Virginia Cavaliers men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Virginia Cavaliers men's basketball Atlantic Coast Conference

26
119 213
Cincinnati Bearcats men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

27
124 161
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
160 354
Ohio State Buckeyes men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

Basketball Teams with the Most Annoying Fans

29
116 174
West Virginia Mountaineers men... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

30
55 52
Connecticut Huskies women's ba... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

31
15 12
Loyola Ramblers men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added Loyola Ramblers men's basketball Horizon League

32
109 213
North Carolina State Wolfpack ... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

33
95 184
Oregon Ducks men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Oregon Ducks men's basketball Pacific-12 Conference

34
21 31
Saint Mary's Gaels men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

35
19 28
TCU Horned Frogs basketball is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added TCU Horned Frogs basketball Big 12 Conference

37 Celebrities Who Played High School Basketball

36
64 93
Dayton Flyers men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Dayton Flyers men's basketball Atlantic Ten Conference

37
23 31
Penn State Nittany Lions men's... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

38
7 9
Buffalo Bulls men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added Buffalo Bulls men's basketball Mid-American Conference

39
73 123
Creighton Bluejays men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

40
96 183
Memphis Tigers men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

41
9 14
Auburn Tigers men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

42
14 22
Rhode Island Rams men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added Rhode Island Rams men's basketball Atlantic 10 Conference

The Greatest Boston College Basketball Players of All Time

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59 105
Seton Hall Pirates men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

44
82 130
University of Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
nwathumper added University of Arkansas

45
25 42
Texas Tech Red Raiders basketb... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

46
93 213
UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball Mountain West Conference

47
5 8
Wright State Raiders men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added Wright State Raiders men's basketball Horizon League

48
52 90
Iowa State Cyclones men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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7 12
North Carolina Central Eagles ... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added North Carolina Central Eagles men's basketball Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

50
5 9
Texas Southern Tigers men's ba... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added Texas Southern Tigers men's basketball Southwestern Athletic Conference