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The Best College Basketball Programs 

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Updated March 23, 2020 80.4k votes 7.5k voters 74.2k views 307 items

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
Duke Blue Devils men's b... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Durham, Atlantic Coast Conference
2
Kentucky Wildcats men's ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Lexington, Southeastern Conference
3
North Carolina Tar Heels... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Chapel Hill, Atlantic Coast Conference
4
Kansas Jayhawks Men's Ba... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Lawrence, Big 12 Conference
5
Villanova Wildcats men's... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Villanova, Big East Conference
6
Michigan State Spartans ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
East Lansing, Big Ten Conference
7
Virginia Cavaliers men's... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
8
Louisville Cardinals men... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Louisville, Big East Conference
9
UCLA Bruins men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Los Angeles, Pacific-12 Conference
10
Gonzaga Bulldogs men's b... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Spokane, West Coast Conference
11
Connecticut Huskies men'... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Storrs, Big East Conference
12
Connecticut Huskies wome... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
13
Michigan Wolverines men'... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Ann Arbor, Big Ten Conference
14
Syracuse Orange men's ba... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Syracuse, Big East Conference
15
Arizona Wildcats men's b... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Tucson, Pacific-12 Conference
16
Florida State Seminoles ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added Tallahassee, Atlantic Coast Conference
17
Xavier Musketeers men's ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Cincinnati, Atlantic Ten Conference
18
West Virginia Mountainee... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Morgantown, Big East Conference
19
Texas Tech Red Raiders b... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
20
Purdue Boilermakers men'... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
West Lafayette, Big Ten Conference
21
Tennessee Volunteers bas... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Knoxville, Southeastern Conference
22
Auburn Tigers men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
23
Providence Friars men's ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Providence, Big East Conference
24
New Mexico State Aggies ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
apedrumz added Las Cruces, Western Athletic Conference
25
Oklahoma Sooners men's b... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Norman, Big 12 Conference