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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. 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 Tarheels 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? 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. 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

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623 575
Kentucky Wildcats men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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539 533
North Carolina Tar Heels men's... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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507 507
Kansas Jayhawks Men's Basketba... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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338 424
UCLA Bruins men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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388 458
Michigan State Spartans men's ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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317 425
Indiana Hoosiers men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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334 387
Louisville Cardinals men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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253 272
Villanova Wildcats men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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262 323
Arizona Wildcats men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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283 361
Connecticut Huskies men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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261 353
Syracuse Orange men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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237 359
Michigan Wolverines men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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193 253
Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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204 323
Florida Gators men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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197 261
Wisconsin Badgers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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168 289
Georgetown Hoyas Men's Basketb... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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164 255
Maryland Terrapins men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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145 197
Butler Bulldogs men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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145 249
Notre Dame Fighting Irish men'... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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146 206
Virginia Cavaliers men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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143 239
Marquette Golden Eagles men's ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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129 207
Wichita State Shockers men's b... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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139 301
Ohio State Buckeyes men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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102 188
Cincinnati Bearcats men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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96 143
West Virginia Mountaineers men... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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102 134
Xavier Musketeers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Connecticut Huskies women's ba... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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100 189
Purdue Boilermakers men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Providence Friars men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
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Oregon Ducks men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Creighton Bluejays men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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44 67
Iowa State Cyclones men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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74 107
VCU Rams men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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88 178
North Carolina State Wolfpack ... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
North Carolina State Wolfpack men's basketball

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82 195
UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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61 118
Baylor Bears basketball is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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83 166
Memphis Tigers men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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13 12
South Carolina Gamecocks is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added South Carolina Gamecocks

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67 114
University of Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
nwathumper added University of Arkansas

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54 76
Dayton Flyers men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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81 173
St. John's Red Storm men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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58 129
Miami Hurricanes men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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43 74
Oklahoma Sooners men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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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

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Seton Hall Pirates men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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18 37
New Mexico Lobos Basketball is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Saint Mary's Gaels men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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Holy Cross Crusaders is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added Holy Cross Crusaders