College Basketball's Best Programs of All-Time
Since the NCAA Tournament first tipped off in 1939, we track the top 30 performing teams.
Discover which NCAA Basketball programs have earned the most points in our analysis that factors
national championships, Final Four and Elite 8 appearances and Naismith Award winners.
R
A
N
K
College
National
Champion
Seasons
Points
30
per title
# of
Final 4's
Points
15-Per Final 4
# of
Elite 8's
Points
5 per
Elite 8
Naismith
Winners
Points
2 for
each
Total Points
1
UCLA
11
330
18
270
23
115
5
10
725
2
Kentucky
8
240
15
225
34
170
1
2
637
3
North Carolina
5
150
18
270
26
130
3
6
551
4
Duke
4
120
15
225
19
95
7
14
454
5
Kansas
3
90
14
210
21
105
1
2
407
6
Indiana
5
150
8
120
11
55
2
2
329
7
Louisville
1
90
10
150
13
65
0
0
305
8
Ohio State
1
30
11
165
14
70
1
2
267
9
Michigan St.
2
60
8
120
11
55
0
0
235
10
Oklahoma St.
2
60
6
90
11
55
0
0
205
How rankings are calculated: Starting in 1939, the first year of the NCAA Men's College Basketball Tournament, we award the following points in
each category:
National Championship (30 points), Final 4 (15 points), Elite 8 (5 points), Naismith Award Winner (2 points)
Why include the Naismith Award:  Much like winning a Heisman Trophy adds prestige to a college football program, so does the Naismith
shine the spotlight on basketball programs that have produced college basketball's top player.
R
A
N
K
College
National
Champion
Seasons
Points
30
per
title
# of
Final 4's
Points
15-Per Final 4
# of
Elite 8's
Points
5 per
Elite 8
Naismith
Winners
Points
2 for
each
Total Points
11
UConn
3
90
4
60
10
50
0
0
200
12
Michigan
1
30
7
105
11
55
1
2
192
13
Cincinnati
2
60
6
90
7
35
1
2
187
14
Arkansas
1
30
6
90
10
50
1
0
170
15
Florida
2
60
4
60
7
35
0
0
155
16
Georgetown
1
30
5
75
9
45
1
2
152
17
Villanova
1
30
4
60
12
60
0
0
150
17
Syracuse
1
30
5
75
9
45
0
0
150
18
San
Francisco
2
60
3
45
7
35
0
0
140
19
NC State
2
60
3
45
6
30
1
2
137
20
Arizona
1
30
4
60
9
45
0
0
135
R
A
N
K
College
National
Champion
Seasons
Points
30
per title
# of
Final 4's
Points
15-Per Final 4
# of
Elite 8's
Points
5 per
Elite 8
Naismith
Winners
Points
2 for
each
Total Points
21
Syracuse
1
30
5
75
9
45
0
0
150
22
Kansas St.
0
0
4
60
12
60
0
0
120
22
Illinois
0
0
5
75
9
45
0
0
120
24
UNLV
1
30
4
60
5
25
1
2
117
24
Utah
1
30
4
60
5
25
1
2
117
26
Marquette
1
30
3
45
7
35
1
2
112
27
Oklahoma
0
0
4
60
8
40
1
2
102
28
California
1
30
3
45
5
25
0
0
100
28
Houston
0
0
5
75
5
25
0
0
100
30
LSU
0
0
4
60
6
30
1
2
92
With 7 consecutive national championships
(1967-73), the John Wooden led Bruin
dynasty boosted UCLA to the top ranked
position.
A Devil of a Good Time
With last-second winning shots against UK and
Coach K directing the program, the Blue Devils
have been a long-time NCAA force
UNC Flies Air Jordan
Before he became the greatest player in NBA
history, Michael Jordan helped North Carolina to
a March Madness title run in 1982.
The Center of Attention
While starring for Georgetown in the early
80s, Patrick Ewing and the Hoyas made 3
Final Four appearances and won 1 national
championship from (1982-85).
Don't Ever Give Up
NC State Head Coach Jim
Volvano's catch phrase rang true
with a last-second upset win
over Houston in 1983.
Rock Chalk Jayhawk
Danny Manning won the Naismith
Award in 1988 while leading
Larry Brown's Kansas squad to a
1988 NCAA Basketball title.
The Stars Shine
on UK
With the beautiful Ashley
Judd cheering on the
Cats, Kentucky has
remained a dominant force
The Spartans Had Magic
Earvin "Magic" Johnson's epic NCAA finals
match up against Larry Bird brought tremendous
interest to the college game and a 1979 National
Championship for Michigan State
IU's Knight
Bob Knight delivered a fiery
disposition and 5 NCAA
Championships while coaching the
Hoosiers
Seeing Cardinal Red
Head Coach Denny Crum and his
Louisville basketball squad
showed that UK wasn't the only
dominant basketball program in the
Bluegrass State.
NCAA Basketball Program Rankings Updated through 2012/2013 season as Louisville surges to #7
Rick Pitino
The U of L head coach
guided the Cardinals to
the 2013 NCAA Basketball
championship and has
the tattoo to prove it!