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 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.

list ordered by

1
988 1,001
Duke Blue Devils men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

2
915 926
North Carolina Tar Heels men's... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

3
958 956
Kentucky Wildcats men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Southeastern Conference

4
783 819
Kansas Jayhawks Men's Basketba... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

5
552 777
UCLA Bruins men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference

6
562 787
Michigan State Spartans men's ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

7
471 559
Villanova Wildcats men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

8
464 746
Indiana Hoosiers men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

9
397 575
Connecticut Huskies men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

10
383 580
Syracuse Orange men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big East Conference

11
446 660
Louisville Cardinals men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

12
370 551
Arizona Wildcats men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference

13
350 533
Michigan Wolverines men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

14
303 418
Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
West Coast Conference

15
267 437
Georgetown Hoyas Men's Basketb... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big East Conference

16
273 481
Florida Gators men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Southeastern Conference

17
255 413
Wisconsin Badgers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

18
215 338
Butler Bulldogs men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

19
243 378
Virginia Cavaliers men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

20
206 387
Notre Dame Fighting Irish men'... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

21
213 416
Maryland Terrapins men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

22
189 362
Marquette Golden Eagles men's ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

23
194 421
Ohio State Buckeyes men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

24
152 279
Cincinnati Bearcats men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

25
184 326
Wichita State Shockers men's b... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

26
141 270
North Carolina State Wolfpack ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
North Carolina State Wolfpack men's basketball

27
149 282
Purdue Boilermakers basketball is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big Ten Conference

28
150 236
West Virginia Mountaineers men... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

29
155 219
Xavier Musketeers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Ten Conference

30
121 246
Oregon Ducks men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference

31
99 103
Connecticut Huskies women's ba... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

32
111 291
Texas Longhorns men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

33
108 263
UNLV Runnin' Rebels men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Mountain West Conference

34
116 229
Memphis Tigers men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

35
78 126
Iowa State Cyclones men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

36
68 131
Kansas State Wildcats men's ba... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

37
91 161
Creighton Bluejays men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

38
75 144
Seton Hall Pirates men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

39
100 170
University of Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
nwathumper added University of Arkansas

40
77 159
Wake Forest Demon Deacons men'... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

41
99 227
St. John's Red Storm men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

42
77 190
Miami Hurricanes men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

43
91 159
Virginia Commonwealth Rams men... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Colonial Athletic Association

44
95 235
Illinois Fighting Illini men's... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

45
75 101
Providence Friars men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

46
48 58
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

47
73 128
Dayton Flyers men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Ten Conference

48
67 152
Temple Owls men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Ten Conference

49
65 152
LSU Tigers men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Southeastern Conference

50
65 125
Oklahoma Sooners men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs