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
1,085 1,124
North Carolina Tar Heels men's... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

2
1,147 1,144
Kentucky Wildcats men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Southeastern Conference

3
1,170 1,226
Duke Blue Devils men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

4
932 968
Kansas Jayhawks Men's Basketba... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

5
653 966
UCLA Bruins men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference

6
676 943
Michigan State Spartans men's ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

7
581 710
Villanova Wildcats men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

8
559 900
Indiana Hoosiers men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

9
463 713
Syracuse Orange men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big East Conference

10
392 511
Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
West Coast Conference

11
523 785
Louisville Cardinals men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

12
433 652
Michigan Wolverines men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

13
469 705
Connecticut Huskies men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

14
423 655
Arizona Wildcats men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference

15
333 530
Georgetown Hoyas Men's Basketb... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big East Conference

16
310 572
Florida Gators men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Southeastern Conference

17
312 440
Virginia Cavaliers men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

18
291 500
Wisconsin Badgers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

19
164 161
Connecticut Huskies women's ba... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

20
249 419
Butler Bulldogs men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

21
234 427
Marquette Golden Eagles men's ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

22
242 486
Maryland Terrapins men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

23
233 467
Notre Dame Fighting Irish men'... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

24
191 332
Purdue Boilermakers basketball is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big Ten Conference

25
229 485
Ohio State Buckeyes men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs