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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.

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672 590
Duke Blue Devils men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Duke Blue Devils men's basketball Atlantic Coast Conference

2
637 626
Kentucky Wildcats men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball Southeastern Conference

3
558 580
North Carolina Tar Heels men's... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball Atlantic Coast Conference

4
523 549
Kansas Jayhawks Men's Basketba... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

5
351 470
UCLA Bruins men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
UCLA Bruins men's basketball Pacific-12 Conference

6
399 506
Michigan State Spartans men's ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

7
325 469
Indiana Hoosiers men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

8
341 421
Louisville Cardinals men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

9
266 302
Villanova Wildcats men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

10
269 341
Arizona Wildcats men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Arizona Wildcats men's basketball Pacific-12 Conference

11
288 378
Connecticut Huskies men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

12
267 371
Syracuse Orange men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Syracuse Orange men's basketball Big East Conference

13
240 379
Michigan Wolverines men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

14
209 339
Florida Gators men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Florida Gators men's basketball Southeastern Conference

The Best College Basketball Arenas

15
197 271
Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball West Coast Conference

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200 277
Wisconsin Badgers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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173 305
Georgetown Hoyas Men's Basketb... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Georgetown Hoyas Men's Basketball Big East Conference

18
165 277
Maryland Terrapins men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Maryland Terrapins men's basketball Atlantic Coast Conference

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146 211
Butler Bulldogs men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

20
146 253
Marquette Golden Eagles men's ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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147 264
Notre Dame Fighting Irish men'... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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134 211
Wichita State Shockers men's b... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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148 242
Virginia Cavaliers men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Virginia Cavaliers men's basketball Atlantic Coast Conference

24
142 319
Ohio State Buckeyes men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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106 140
Xavier Musketeers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Xavier Musketeers men's basketball Atlantic Ten Conference

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105 194
Cincinnati Bearcats men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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37 34
Connecticut Huskies women's ba... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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99 154
West Virginia Mountaineers men... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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104 193
Purdue Boilermakers men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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46 42
Providence Friars men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added Providence Friars men's basketball Big East Conference

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86 165
Oregon Ducks men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Oregon Ducks men's basketball Pacific-12 Conference

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68 100
Creighton Bluejays men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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45 70
Iowa State Cyclones men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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93 197
North Carolina State Wolfpack ... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
North Carolina State Wolfpack men's basketball

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74 110
VCU Rams men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
VCU Rams men's basketball Colonial Athletic Association

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83 197
UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball Mountain West Conference

37
61 120
Baylor Bears basketball is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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83 168
Memphis Tigers men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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13 13
Saint Mary's Gaels men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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68 117
University of Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
nwathumper added University of Arkansas

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54 78
Dayton Flyers men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Dayton Flyers men's basketball Atlantic Ten Conference

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20 24
Tennessee Volunteers women's b... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Tom Derr added Tennessee Volunteers women's basketball

The Worst College Basketball Coaches of All Time

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41 57
Princeton Tigers men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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7 5
Vanderbilt Commodores men's ba... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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36 49
Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball Big Ten Conference

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48 93
Seton Hall Pirates men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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19 39
New Mexico Lobos Basketball is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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13 16
South Carolina Gamecocks is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added South Carolina Gamecocks

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43 79
Oklahoma Sooners men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

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54 104
Utah Utes men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Utah Utes men's basketball Pacific-12 Conference