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
1,205 1,263
Duke Blue Devils men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

2
1,176 1,179
Kentucky Wildcats men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Southeastern Conference

3
1,111 1,167
North Carolina Tar Heels men's... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

4
952 997
Kansas Jayhawks Men's Basketba... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

5
698 971
Michigan State Spartans men's ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

6
667 994
UCLA Bruins men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference

7
600 729
Villanova Wildcats men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

8
571 924
Indiana Hoosiers men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

9
454 671
Michigan Wolverines men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

10
407 527
Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
West Coast Conference

11
537 802
Louisville Cardinals men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

12
474 736
Syracuse Orange men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big East Conference

13
479 725
Connecticut Huskies men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

14
433 673
Arizona Wildcats men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference

15
339 549
Georgetown Hoyas Men's Basketb... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big East Conference

16
318 589
Florida Gators men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Southeastern Conference

17
324 450
Virginia Cavaliers men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

18
297 517
Wisconsin Badgers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

19
173 174
Connecticut Huskies women's ba... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

20
253 432
Butler Bulldogs men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

21
237 442
Marquette Golden Eagles men's ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

22
251 501
Maryland Terrapins men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

23
238 477
Notre Dame Fighting Irish men'... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

24
195 344
Purdue Boilermakers basketball is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big Ten Conference

25
233 499
Ohio State Buckeyes men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs