College Sports 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
1,271 1,279
Kentucky Wildcats men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Southeastern Conference

2
1,297 1,369
Duke Blue Devils men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

3
1,194 1,262
North Carolina Tar Heels men's... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

4
1,014 1,078
Kansas Jayhawks Men's Basketba... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

5
773 1,045
Michigan State Spartans men's ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

6
719 1,092
UCLA Bruins men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference

7
654 806
Villanova Wildcats men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

8
602 1,022
Indiana Hoosiers men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

9
509 744
Michigan Wolverines men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

10
459 593
Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
West Coast Conference

11
512 797
Syracuse Orange men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big East Conference

12
573 863
Louisville Cardinals men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

13
511 775
Connecticut Huskies men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

14
458 721
Arizona Wildcats men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Pacific-12 Conference

15
356 602
Georgetown Hoyas Men's Basketb... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big East Conference

16
362 489
Virginia Cavaliers men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

17
343 632
Florida Gators men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Southeastern Conference

18
311 560
Wisconsin Badgers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

19
199 203
Connecticut Huskies women's ba... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

20
261 475
Butler Bulldogs men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

21
217 367
Purdue Boilermakers basketball is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Big Ten Conference

22
247 475
Marquette Golden Eagles men's ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

23
263 532
Maryland Terrapins men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Atlantic Coast Conference

24
244 528
Ohio State Buckeyes men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

25
245 512
Notre Dame Fighting Irish men'... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs