Greatest College Basketball Programs

The Top Ten
1 Kentucky

In kentucky ball we are proud of what we've done and when we lose we may get mad and burn couches. But aside from that we and Louisville have one of the best rivalries almost like duke and nc but over all we are better in more wins, win percentage, national tournament wins, final four wins, elite eight and sweet sixteen wins, and have been to the tourney the most. So those who say nc or duke should be at the top are wrong especially since ucla won on a terrible system.

Most wins. Longest active home streak. Spouting out NBA players like it's going out of style. 2nd most championships (because the majority of UCLAs came from a crummy championship system where they had to play NOBODY to get to the championship. Cal constantly bringing in best recruiting classes And unanimously the most devout fans in basketball. I dare someone to argue with that.

Not even close to who is the best. Kentucky is by far head and shoulders above the rest. UNC got out of their scandal and the refs got them their championship.

The most historic program in college basketball with the most passionate fan base. The most all time wins spread out among many coaches.

2 North Carolina

Overall, one would have to include UCLA and Kentucky based on championships. But if you consider Final Fours, prolonged success over the entire history of college basketball, etc. , then you have to make UNC the No. 1 program--with more Final Fours than any other program, followed by Duke, more prolonged success than any other program (with Final Fours in the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s, which no other program can match, and national titles in 50s, 80s, 90s, and 00s) and overall third in national titles historically (5) behind only Kentucky's 7 and UCLA's 11. All but one of UCLA's and 2 of Kentucky's titles, however, came in the era when only the conference champion advanced to the NCAA tournament, which because of the fact that UCLA and Kentucky played against completely inferior conference competition compared to UNC playing in the ACC against fellow national champions NC State (which has 2) and Duke, not to mention Maryland and VIrginia, which were incredibly strong in that ...more

UNC...greatest of all time. People can talk until their lips fall off about other basketball colleges being the best of all time, but the truth plain and simple is that North Carolina is the greatest basketball college EVER. I love the HATERS. You hate North Carolina because you are not North Carolina. North Carolina can loose every player on their bench, and still take in comming players and make it to the final four the next year. They are Superior.

Well its UNC for the simple fact I sincerely believe Dean Smith and some of his teams that easily should have won like 10 NCAA titles didn't want to win them. They threw a NCAA title away with P Ford & Walter Davis in the 1977/ MJs soph & Jr years with Brad Daugherty & Sam Perkins, Kenny Smith & Brad Daugherty even missed out on one/ The teams with Stack, Sheed plus the Jamison & Carter teams. Its absolutely inexcusable what Dean Smith did barely winning 2 titles in 36 yes. Roy Williams is throwing the titles away after 13 seasons with only 2 when he should have won at least 1 more with Hansbrough & co/ 1 with Harrison Barnes & at least 1 with Paige. And all you alumni Dean Smith & Roy lovers are idiots if you even say otherwise. Remember? Wooden the great one always said he'd take talent over experience. UNC has run a lame feeder system since Maguire left in 1960. 4 NCAA titles in like 56 years & with the most HS all Americans ever.Lol!

Michael"Air"Jordan, Big Game James Worthy, Larry Brown,
Billy Cunningham, roy williams, bob Mcadoo, vince carter, and michael angelo himself Dean Smith. All other programs historically lose to that team of players & coaches. Don't forget about frank mcguire & the Carolina 5 too in 57' over Wilt. Laugh out loud

3 Duke Duke University is a private research university located in Durham, North Carolina, United States. Founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present-day town of Trinity in 1838, the school moved to Durham in 1892. In 1924, tobacco and electric power industrialist James Buchanan Duke established the Duke ...read more.

People think that coach K has an advantage because he has coached the Olympic team three times. It supposedly helps him with his recruiting. I don't think that matters because he won three championship before any of that. Duke's rival UNC has a much bigger advantage, they have the sports media wrapped around their finger which help them get out of scandals. Besides, Duke has owned UNC over the past 19 seasons.

Duke is gaining on Carolina at a rapid pace. They already have more ACC tournament titles and are tied in national titles. All they need now is a couple more final fours and to close the shrinking head to head gap. I just wonder what will happen after coach K retires in the next 5-10 years.

Dean Smith had all the talent at his finger tips and could barely squeeze out one National Championship. Mean while Coach K has a tiny pool from which he can recruit because of academic standards, and has managed 3.

To be such an intellectual school, they are able to get high level talent and never cheat. The team up the road can take their pick of talent and still needs to be shady with the rules.

4 Kansas

Most Conference Championships, Most Consecutive Conference Championships, Most Consecutive NCAA Tournament Appearances, Most Olympic Players, Most Consensus All-American Selections, Most Consensus All-American Players, and 2nd Most Wins. The arenas that North Carolina (Smith) and Kentucky (Rupp) play in are named after Kansas Basketball Players who both won National Championships. The inventor of the game was Kansas's first coach and is buried in Lawrence. Naismith's original rules of the game are housed in Lawrence. Allen Fieldhouse is generally regarded as the greatest arena in college basketball.

No program has more ties to the invention, development and domination of the game of basketball than Kansas.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk. Duke hasn't made it to the Final Four or the Elite Eight in what seems like forever. Kansas should be number one.

Second most wins, best fan base/ home court advantage, many championships and great player

5 UCLA

Historically, UCLA basketball started out terrific with 6/7 conference titles then fell into disarray until John Wooden appeared in Westwood in 1948. Since then the rest has been virtually complete domination over its conference by UCLA every season with one or two notable exceptions (1998-2005 drought). Kentucky is the only school that could even have any legitimate claim to UCLA's basketball crown. The UK has been nearly as successful since 1950 in terms of conference titles. Both schools are pretty remarkable is dominating success over their competition. I would give the edge to UCLA. Although it's harder to win championships today, no one else could replicate UCLA's success during the 1960s and 1970s. We're not talking about ancient history, this run has never been seen in modern sports. Furthermore, I also think UCLA is not given the proper credit for consistency over time. Sure they do not measure to their standard of National Championships but they hold a record 54 straight ...more

John Wooden, Lew Alcindor, Bill Walton, 11 national championships (7 in a row), 88 game winning streak. Other schools thump their chests about how great they think they are. UCLA has done it, period. UCLA doesn't display conference championship banners in Pauley Pavillon - National Championship Banners are all that hang there. And that's more than North Carolina and Duke combined. What about you Kentucky - still playing catch-up? Ha, ha, ha!

Not only do they have the most National Championships with 11, but nobody ever again will achieve an 88 game win streak and nobody will ever win 8 championships in 11 years again. I am a huge Duke fan and will bleed Duke blue for life, however I believe the top 5 should look like this:
#1- UCLA
#2- Kentucky
#3- North Carolina
#4- Duke
#5- Indiana

UCLA has to be number 1! They've won more than any other school and had the greatest coach of any sport of all time.

6 Indiana

Indiana should be no lower than #5 on this list. If I was gonna rank them I'd say #1 UCLA, #2 Kentucky, #3 North Carolina, #4 Indiana, #5 Duke, with Kansas and a bunch of Big East teams following them. 5 National Titles, 8 Final Fours and countless tourney apperances. Beyond Championships, there is just something magically about the IU and the state of Indiana and basketball. Only other state that comes close in North Carolina.

Indianas 1987 NCAA championship team with Steve Alford was THE BOMB! They beat much bigger teams in order to win that year, teams ranked higher than them. I still think IU is a better team when they are made up of instate players who know and love the tradition of Indiana basketball. We really faltered when they got rid of Bob Knight and Mike Davis went South for players. I know Keith Smart was from the South and was a big factor at the end of the game. There are always exceptions. Still------.

Lets see, Bob knight, Branch McCracken, 5 Championships, Multiple Final Fours, The last team to go UNDEFEATED in 1976 (32-0). Top ten in all-time wins. Also Assembly Hall just has a different feel to it. I can't explain it. The interlocking IU logo is recognized around the world. I wearing a hoosier jacket in Japan and people there recognized the team.

Knowledgeable fans, deep support, iconic arena, deep roots in the development of the sport, bright future.

7 Louisville

Hard to believe Louisville and Kentucky are seeded where they are on the list. UCLA has way more national championships than any other program and would be considered the most dominant in any era. But how is Kentucky not the all time #1? Kinda hard to believe. Mad love for Louisville, Kentucky, and both of the programs. Best state in basketball!

I'm guessing this list was made prior to 2012... things have changed since. Adding 2 more final fours and a title to the list... not to mention 3 more conference tournament championships. Louisville comes in at #6 all time for me. Right behind Kansas, and just ahead of both Uconn and Indiana.

Louisville has more final fours and tournament appearances than Syracuse, Uconn and Georgetown. At worst UL needs to be 7.

Louisville should be in front of UConn. They have 3 titles too and a much richer history.

8 Uconn

In the past twenty years alone, Uconn has joined the upper echelons of Basketball Blue Bloods.

The best program of the last 20 years

One of best teams over last 20 years.

9 Michigan State

Although we have less National Championships than other programs (B10 included) and play in a conference with several respectable opponents, I would say we belong ahead of at LEAST Indiana, if not Kansas. We're in the Izzo era now, and if he keeps going like he does, I predict at least three more MSU NCAAM Championships! My full support Izzo, and GO GREEN!
P.S, I feel OHU goes right behind Indiana.
UofM is a bunch of dirtbag cheaters, yet MSU STILL wrecks them almost every year (by which I mean sweep them.) Just something to think about...

Go ahead we are dominant but always fall short to cheaters

Even though I don't root for msu but Tom Izzo man best coach ever

Izzo is awesome!

10 Syracuse

Carrier Dome... 35,000-plus fans. Great University and some amazing talent thru the years. Pearl, Coleman, Warrick, C. Anthony, Louie-Bouie Show, with a long line of players turning Pro. A consistant top ten basketball program for almost forty years. #Amazing.

Boeheim second all time in wins! Attendance records galore, regular contenders, 4 final fours and a title

Horrible choice of a top ten team!

Lets go we should be first

The Contenders
11 Arizona

Arizona is the most consistent team in basketball. Always in the tournament, always to the elite eight. Plus the most impressive tournament championship of any team. The only team to beat three number 1 seeds to pull off the title

12 Villanova

More all time wins, ncaa bids than UConn in 20 less years. Nova>UConn

Over the last 10 years, it has to be Villanova

3 National Championships

2016 National Champions

13 Georgetown

Mostly irrelevant since Iverson left in 1996.

Back on the rise after a few down years.

patrick ewing, alonzo mourning, dikembe matumbo, allen iverson, roy hibbert, and greg monroe

14 Michigan

Seriously Florida gulf coast there not a good program there just young and got to the sweet 16 but really get serious!

15 Ohio State

This should be 1

16 Florida

We beat the Cinderella team FGCU, and Minnesota and Evansville really?! Even Einstein doesn't know what school that is and UNLV just because of Anthony Bennett! Wow Florida is better than all these teams it should be in the TOP 15 at the very least! Ughhh

UF SHOULD BE IN THE TOP 15. THIS IS A JOKE FGCU? BYU? EVANSVILLE? I know my College Basketball.

17 Illinois

Seriously, FGCU ahead of Illinois, Illinois is one of the winningest ball teams out there FGCU is some small school that joined division 1 15 years ago and made a lucky run an Atlantic Sun team should never be ahead of a big ten team. Go Illini please vote for them

18 North Carolina State

2 national championships, 3 of the greatest forge coaches ever in Everett Case, Norm Sloan, and Jimmy V, survive and advance (the greatest national championship run ever), Dennis Smith JR, David Thompson, thurl Bailey, TJ Warren

Not to mention State invented the Alley Oop and intentional foul strategy

19 Virginia
20 Memphis

Memphis Tigers
Tournament Appearances: 26
Sweet Sixteen Appearances:6
Final Fours: 3
National Championship game:2

21 Kansas State

Should be top 20

4 final fours, 13 elite 8’s, 21 conference championships. Tex Winter, Long Kruger, Bob Huggins, Mitch Richmond, Michael Beasley.

Kansas owns K-State dude

22 Xavier

Tyrone Hill. David West. Bryon Grant. Byron Larkin. We're at least better than Evansville

23 Wichita State

Ron Baker and Fred Vanfleet. 31-0 in 2014 final four in 2013. Enough said.

24 West Virginia
25 Pittsburgh
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