Greatest College Basketball Programs

The Top Ten

1 Kentucky

Kentucky sucks! They will never win another national championship

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.

Kwnucky is by far the best basketball program look at how many nba stars they have preduced

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.

Three of Dean Smith's assistants at North Carolina have gone on to become national coaches of the year (Roy Williams, Bill Guthridge, Eddie Fogler) - Which speaks for itself as who has had the best program. North Carolina is 129-99 against Duke all time.

Yes, Carolina has had a ton of talent come through their campus but I feel they have underachieved. Carolina has been to 18 final fours an only have 5 titles to show for it. When Dean was there, he had 4 teams that should have won it all but didn't. His 77', 84', 87', and 94' teams were virtual locks.

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 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.

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.

Great and basketball and academics. Duke also has the greatest coach ever.

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.

4 Kansas

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

Rock Chalk Jayhawk. Duke hasnt 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


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

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!

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.

UCLA keeps living in the Wooden era. Today, their average at best.

6 Indiana

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

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.

Indiana was the best of all time way better than any of the teams higher on this list.

Bob Knight always made things interesting there.

7 Louisville

Hard to believe Louisville and Kentucky are seeded where they are on the list. UCLA has way more nation 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 should be in front of UConn. They have 3 titles too and a much richer history.

Put Louisville above UConn any day of the week.

8 Uconn

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

One of best teams over last 20 years.

The best program of the last 20 years

9 Michigan State

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

Go ahead we are dominant but always fall short to cheaters

Izzo is awesome!

Welcome to the Izzone people

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.

go cuse! the true orange. best ever. lol just went through some rough patches. best fans also. theres a reason why we have the largest venue

Won way overdue title in 03.

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

Asu UofA sucks

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

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

Mostly irrelevant since Iverson left in 1996.

Back on the rise after a few down years.

14 Michigan

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

Fab Five

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


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

They beat LSU 66-65

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

common now

20 Memphis

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

21 Xavier

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

22 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.

23 Wichita State

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

24 West Virginia
25 Pittsburgh
26 Iowa

Finally back on the up and up. 91 team best NOT to win it all.

28 Wisconsin

Go Badgers!

Why are we not in the top 2?!?! We are arguabely the best college team! UW For life!

29 Texas

Hook em!

30 Liberty University

Liberty is awesome I want to go there or davidson like steph

31 Evansville

Just because of one game doesn't make them there s really awesome basketball program. Upsets happen once in a while

64-65 team beat Notre dame and they were a divison 2 team

32 BYU
33 Nebraska
34 Tennessee

Best damn team

35 Murray State
36 Oklahoma State

If we are talking...of all time, OK State is top 20 at worst. Far and away above ISU and KSU. Two national championships, one runner-up, 6 final fours, 11 elite 8s, 11 sweet 16s, 28 appearances and 19 conference championships. Far better resume than ISU and KSU...that father of the current offense of college basketball, the father of the creation of goaltending...bob kurland, Desmond Mason, Tony Allen, big country, Eddie Sutton, John Starks, Henry Iba. Need I say more. Better than most of the teams ahead of them on this list.

37 Auburn The Auburn Tigers football program represents Auburn University in the sport of American college football.
38 Iowa State
39 Cincinnati

2 National Titles, 6 final fours, and the greatest college basketball player of all time Oscar Robertson. 14 straight tourney appearances from 1992-2005, and would have won another national title in 2000 if National player of the year Kenyon Martin didn't break his leg in the conference tournament.

40 Minnesota

classic program before the current tournament system and on the way back to the top with Tubby Smith at the helm

41 Purdue
42 Maryland

Maryland should be much higher

Way higher than 32. SMH

43 Florida Gulf Coast

Whoever put this team on here I think you are a dumb ass that doesn't understand prestigious basketball programs. FGCU is one of the last programs I'd pick to develop me in the sport. This list should involve teams that has a hundred years of success not 15 years of mostly mediocre years. This was a ridiculous inclusion.

You just jeloos of their 46324 straight national titles bro

44 San Jose State

Great basketball program saw 5 ally oups

45 Creighton
46 Penn State

Maybe a top 70 programe

47 Alabama The Alabama Crimson Tide refers to the 21 men and women varsity teams that represent the University of Alabama.
48 Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)

They have the best defense in the country. Should be top 20 easily overall.

49 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
50 Virginia Tech

Better than any team

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