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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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816 755
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
684 726
North Carolina Tar Heels men's... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball Atlantic Coast Conference

3
769 779
Kentucky Wildcats men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball Southeastern Conference

4
626 676
Kansas Jayhawks Men's Basketba... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

5
425 623
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
461 657
Michigan State Spartans men's ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

7
351 414
Villanova Wildcats men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

8
374 612
Indiana Hoosiers men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

9
318 467
Syracuse Orange men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Syracuse Orange men's basketball Big East Conference

10
381 542
Louisville Cardinals men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

11
309 445
Arizona Wildcats men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Arizona Wildcats men's basketball Pacific-12 Conference

12
328 467
Connecticut Huskies men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

13
292 439
Michigan Wolverines men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

14
244 333
Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketb... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball West Coast Conference

The Best College Basketball Arenas

15
242 394
Florida Gators men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Florida Gators men's basketball Southeastern Conference

16
228 331
Wisconsin Badgers men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

17
213 365
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
174 264
Butler Bulldogs men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

19
188 340
Maryland Terrapins men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Maryland Terrapins men's basketball Atlantic Coast Conference

20
175 314
Notre Dame Fighting Irish men'... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

21
193 315
Virginia Cavaliers men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Virginia Cavaliers men's basketball Atlantic Coast Conference

The Most Evil Internet Company

22
162 305
Marquette Golden Eagles men's ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

23
157 261
Wichita State Shockers men's b... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

24
130 219
Purdue Boilermakers men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

25
132 168
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

26
165 363
Ohio State Buckeyes men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

27
123 222
Cincinnati Bearcats men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

28
120 181
West Virginia Mountaineers men... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

Basketball Teams with the Most Annoying Fans

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61 59
Connecticut Huskies women's ba... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

30
60 71
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

31
110 222
North Carolina State Wolfpack ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
North Carolina State Wolfpack men's basketball

32
20 26
Loyola Ramblers men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added Loyola Ramblers men's basketball Horizon League

33
99 194
Oregon Ducks men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Oregon Ducks men's basketball Pacific-12 Conference

34
86 134
University of Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
nwathumper added University of Arkansas

35
76 127
Creighton Bluejays men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

The Creepiest Sports Mascots

36
65 99
Dayton Flyers men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Dayton Flyers men's basketball Atlantic Ten Conference

37
98 189
Memphis Tigers men's basketbal... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

38
61 109
Seton Hall Pirates men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

39
21 37
Saint Mary's Gaels men's baske... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

40
93 217
UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball Mountain West Conference

41
19 34
TCU Horned Frogs basketball is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added TCU Horned Frogs basketball Big 12 Conference

42
26 46
Texas Tech Red Raiders basketb... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

The Greatest Boston College Basketball Players of All Time

43
80 132
VCU Rams men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
VCU Rams men's basketball Colonial Athletic Association

44
52 94
Iowa State Cyclones men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

45
22 37
Penn State Nittany Lions men's... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

46
90 240
Texas Longhorns men's basketba... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs

47
7 16
Buffalo Bulls men's basketball is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added Buffalo Bulls men's basketball Mid-American Conference

48
64 129
Wake Forest Demon Deacons men'... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
Wake Forest Demon Deacons men's basketball Atlantic Coast Conference

49
14 28
Rhode Island Rams men's basket... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added Rhode Island Rams men's basketball Atlantic 10 Conference

50
5 13
Wright State Raiders men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best College Basketball Programs
TRENT13 added Wright State Raiders men's basketball Horizon League