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

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1,019 1,028
Duke Blue Devils men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

2
941 955
North Carolina Tar Heels men's... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

3
987 979
Kentucky Wildcats men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Southeastern Conference

4
812 839
Kansas Jayhawks Men's Basketba... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

5
572 800
UCLA Bruins men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference

6
490 576
Villanova Wildcats men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

7
574 813
Michigan State Spartans men's ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

8
480 765
Indiana Hoosiers men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

9
400 598
Syracuse Orange men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big East Conference

10
410 593
Connecticut Huskies men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

11
461 676
Louisville Cardinals men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

12
382 566
Arizona Wildcats men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference

13
366 546
Michigan Wolverines men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

14
320 427
Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
West Coast Conference

15
279 448
Georgetown Hoyas Men's Basketb... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big East Conference

16
276 498
Florida Gators men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Southeastern Conference

17
264 423
Wisconsin Badgers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

18
223 349
Butler Bulldogs men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

19
251 386
Virginia Cavaliers men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

20
217 426
Maryland Terrapins men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

21
209 401
Notre Dame Fighting Irish men'... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

22
195 373
Marquette Golden Eagles men's ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

23
199 432
Ohio State Buckeyes men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

24
187 334
Wichita State Shockers men's b... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

25
103 111
Connecticut Huskies women's ba... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

26
156 289
Cincinnati Bearcats men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

27
162 225
Xavier Musketeers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Ten Conference

28
153 243
West Virginia Mountaineers men... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

29
155 288
Purdue Boilermakers basketball is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big Ten Conference

30
142 278
North Carolina State Wolfpack ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
North Carolina State Wolfpack men's basketball

31
126 253
Oregon Ducks men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference

32
82 132
Iowa State Cyclones men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

33
97 164
Creighton Bluejays men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

34
119 235
Memphis Tigers men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

35
77 107
Providence Friars men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

36
114 297
Texas Longhorns men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

37
50 63
Tennessee Volunteers women's b... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Tom Derr added Tennessee Volunteers women's basketball

38
70 135
Kansas State Wildcats men's ba... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

39
78 147
Seton Hall Pirates men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

40
102 174
University of Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
nwathumper added University of Arkansas

41
109 269
UNLV Runnin' Rebels men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Mountain West Conference

42
76 130
Dayton Flyers men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Ten Conference

43
93 163
Virginia Commonwealth Rams men... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Colonial Athletic Association

44
80 162
Wake Forest Demon Deacons men'... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

45
23 46
Saint Mary's Gaels men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

46
27 54
TCU Horned Frogs basketball is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added Big 12 Conference

47
17 37
North Dakota State Bison men's... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added The Summit League

48
39 77
Texas Tech Red Raiders men's b... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

49
17 35
Nebraska Cornhuskers men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

50
101 229
St. John's Red Storm men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs