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    Best men's college basketball team in every state

    When the confetti falls, one shining moment plays, and the nets are cut down, one team will stand as the king of March. As the NCAA basketball tournament draws near, fans across the country are buckling in to watch their alma mater, state team, or favorite college player make a run at history.

    With 351 schools fielding Division 1 men’s basketball teams, we set out to highlight the best 2018 basketball team from every state. We used the NCAA Rating Percentage Index (RPI), which accounts for a team's wins, losses, and strength of schedule to measure success over the course of a season. While ranking teams is a hotly debated topic, we focused on RPI in light of its three-decade history of informing selection Sunday.

    So regardless of what shade of blue you bleed, read on to find out which team scored the top spot as the best basketball program from your state.

  • Alabama: Auburn University
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    Alabama: Auburn University

    Teams from Alabama: 8

    Top team: Auburn University
    RPI rank: 8
    Conference: SEC
    Overall record: 25-6

  • Arizona: The University of Arizona
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    Arizona: The University of Arizona

    Teams from Arizona: 4

    Top team: The University of Arizona
    RPI rank: 18
    Conference: Pac-12
    Overall record: 24-7

  • Arkansas: The University of Arkansas
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    Arkansas: The University of Arkansas

    Teams from Arkansas: 5

    Top team: The University of Arkansas
    RPI rank: 30
    Conference: SEC
    Overall record: 21-10

  • California: The University of Southern California
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    California: The University of Southern California

    Teams from California: 24

    Top team: The University of Southern California
    RPI rank: 34
    Conference: Pac-12
    Overall record: 21-10

  • Colorado: The University of Colorado Boulder
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    Colorado: The University of Colorado Boulder

    Teams from Colorado: 5

    Top team: The University of Colorado Boulder
    RPI rank: 86
    Conference: Pac-12
    Overall record: 16-14

  • Connecticut: The University of Connecticut
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    Connecticut: The University of Connecticut

    Teams from Connecticut: 7

    Top team: The University of Connecticut
    RPI rank: 107
    Conference: AAC
    Overall record: 14-17

     

  • Delaware: The University of Delaware
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    Delaware: The University of Delaware

    Teams from Delaware: 2

    Top team: The University of Delaware
    RPI rank: 231
    Conference: CAA
    Overall record: 14-19

  • Florida: The University of Miami
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    Florida: The University of Miami

    Teams from Florida: 15

    Top team: The University of Miami
    RPI rank: 25
    Conference: ACC
    Overall record: 22-8

  • Georgia: The University of Georgia
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    Georgia: The University of Georgia

    Teams from Georgia: 7

    Top team: The University of Georgia
    RPI rank: 82
    Conference: SEC
    Overall record: 16-14

  • Hawaii: The University of Hawaii
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    Hawaii: The University of Hawaii

    Teams from Hawaii: 1

    Top team: The University of Hawaii
    RPI rank: 206
    Conference: Big West
    Overall record: 17-12

  • Idaho: Boise State University
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    Idaho: Boise State University

    Teams from Idaho: 3

    Top team: Boise State University
    RPI rank: 42
    Conference: MWC
    Overall record: 23-7

  • Illinois: Loyola University Chicago
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    Illinois: Loyola University Chicago

    Teams from Illinois: 13

    Top team: Loyola University Chicago
    RPI rank: 26
    Conference: MVC
    Overall record: 28-5

  • Indiana: Purdue University
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    Indiana: Purdue University

    Teams from Indiana: 10

    Top team: Purdue University
    RPI rank: 9
    Conference: Big Ten
    Overall record: 28-6

  • Iowa: Iowa State University
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    Iowa: Iowa State University

    Teams from Iowa: 4

    Top team: Iowa State University
    RPI rank: 127
    Conference: Big 12
    Overall record: 13-17

  • Kansas: The University of Kansas
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    Kansas: The University of Kansas

    Teams from Kansas: 3

    Top team: The University of Kansas
    RPI rank: 5
    Conference: Big 12
    Overall record: 24-7

  • Kentucky: The University of Kentucky
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    Kentucky: The University of Kentucky

    Teams from Kentucky: 7

    Top team: The University of Kentucky
    RPI rank: 17
    Conference: SEC
    Overall record: 21-10

  • Louisiana: The University of Louisiana at Lafayette
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    Louisiana: The University of Louisiana at Lafayette

    Teams from Louisiana: 12

    Top team: The University of Louisiana at Lafayette
    RPI rank: 60
    Conference: Sun Belt
    Overall record: 26-5

  •  Maine: The University of Maine
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    Maine: The University of Maine

    Teams from Maine: 1

    Top team: The University of Maine
    RPI rank: 337
    Conference: America East
    Overall record: 10-21

  • Maryland: The University of Maryland, College Park
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    Maryland: The University of Maryland, College Park

    Teams from Maryland: 9

    Top team: The University of Maryland, College Park
    RPI rank: 70
    Conference: Big Ten
    Overall record: 19-13

  • Massachusetts: Northeastern University
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    Massachusetts: Northeastern University

    Teams from Massachusetts: 7

    Top team: Northeastern University
    RPI rank: 52
    Conference: CAA
    Overall record: 22-9

  • Michigan: University of Michigan
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    Michigan: University of Michigan

    Teams from Michigan: 6

    Top team: University of Michigan
    RPI rank: 13
    Conference: Big Ten
    Overall record: 28-7

  • Minnesota: The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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    Minnesota: The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

    Teams from Minnesota: 1

    Top team: The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
    RPI rank: 171
    Conference: Big Ten
    Overall record: 15-17

  • Mississippi: Mississippi State University
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    Mississippi: Mississippi State University

    Teams from Mississippi: 6

    Top team: Mississippi State University
    RPI rank: 69
    Conference: SEC
    Overall record: 21-10

  • Missouri: The University of Missouri
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    Missouri: The University of Missouri

    Teams from Missouri: 5

    Top team: The University of Missouri
    RPI rank: 33
    Conference: SEC
    Overall record: 20-11

  • Montana: The University of Montana
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    Montana: The University of Montana

    Teams from Montana: 2

    Top team: The University of Montana
    RPI rank: 96
    Conference: Big Sky
    Overall record: 23-7

  • Nebraska: Creighton University
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    Nebraska: Creighton University

    Teams from Nebraska: 3

    Top team: Creighton University
    RPI rank: 35
    Conference: Big East
    Overall record: 21-10

  • Nevada: The University of Nevada, Reno
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    Nevada: The University of Nevada, Reno

    Teams from Nevada: 2

    Top team: The University of Nevada, Reno
    RPI rank: 14
    Conference: MWC
    Overall record: 26-6

  • New Hampshire: The University of New Hampshire
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    New Hampshire: The University of New Hampshire

    Teams from New Hampshire: 2

    Top team: The University of New Hampshire
    RPI rank: 307
    Conference: America East
    Overall record: 43394

  • New Jersey: Seton Hall University
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    New Jersey: Seton Hall University

    Teams from New Jersey: 8

    Top team: Seton Hall University
    RPI rank: 27
    Conference: Big East
    Overall record: 21-10

  • New Mexico: New Mexico State University
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    New Mexico: New Mexico State University

    Teams from New Mexico: 2

    Top team: New Mexico State University
    RPI rank: 41
    Conference: WAC
    Overall record: 25-5

  • New York: St. Bonaventure University
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    New York: St. Bonaventure University

    Teams from New York: 22

    Top team: St. Bonaventure University
    RPI rank: 21
    Conference: Atlantic 10
    Overall record: 24-6

  • North Carolina: Duke University
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    North Carolina: Duke University

    Teams from North Carolina: 18

    Top team: Duke University
    RPI rank: 4
    Conference: ACC
    Overall record: 25-6

  • North Dakota: North Dakota State University
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    North Dakota: North Dakota State University

    Teams from North Dakota: 2

    Top team: North Dakota State University
    RPI rank: 215
    Conference: Summit League
    Overall record: 15-16

  • Ohio: Xavier University
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    Ohio: Xavier University

    Teams from Ohio: 13

    Top team: Xavier University
    RPI rank: 3
    Conference: Big East
    Overall record: 27-4

  • Oklahoma: The University of Oklahoma
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    Oklahoma: The University of Oklahoma

    Teams from Oklahoma: 4

    Top team: The University of Oklahoma
    RPI rank: 37
    Conference: Big 12
    Overall record: 18-12

  • Oregon: The University of Oregon
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    Oregon: The University of Oregon

    Teams from Oregon: 5

    Top team: The University of Oregon
    RPI rank: 67
    Conference: Pac-12
    Overall record: 20-11

  • Pennsylvania: Villanova University
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    Pennsylvania: Villanova University

    Teams from Pennsylvania: 14

    Top team: Villanova University
    RPI rank: 2
    Conference: Big East
    Overall record: 27-4

  • Rhode Island: The University of Rhode Island
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    Rhode Island: The University of Rhode Island

    Teams from Rhode Island: 4

    Top team: The University of Rhode Island
    RPI rank: 16
    Conference: Atlantic 10
    Overall record: 23-6

  • South Carolina: Clemson University
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    South Carolina: Clemson University

    Teams from South Carolina: 11

    Top team: Clemson University
    RPI rank: 11
    Conference: ACC
    Overall record: 22-8

  • South Dakota: South Dakota State University
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    South Dakota: South Dakota State University

    Teams from South Dakota: 2

    Top team: South Dakota State University
    RPI rank: 53
    Conference: Summit League
    Overall record: 26-6

  • Tennessee: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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    Tennessee: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

    Teams from Tennessee: 12

    Top team: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    RPI rank: 10
    Conference: SEC
    Overall record: 23-7

  • Texas: The University of Houston
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    Texas: The University of Houston

    Teams from Texas: 23

    Top team: The University of Houston
    RPI rank: 19
    Conference: AAC
    Overall record: 24-6

  • Utah: The University of Utah
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    Utah: The University of Utah

    Teams from Utah: 6

    Top team: The University of Utah
    RPI rank: 47
    Conference: Pac-12
    Overall record: 19-10

  • Vermont: The University of Vermont
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    Vermont: The University of Vermont

    Teams from Vermont: 1

    Top team: The University of Vermont
    RPI rank: 56
    Conference: America East
    Overall record: 26-6

  • Virginia: The University of Virginia
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    Virginia: The University of Virginia

    Teams from Virginia: 14

    Top team: The University of Virginia
    RPI rank: 1
    Conference: ACC
    Overall record: 28-2

  • Washington D.C.: Georgetown University
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    Washington D.C.: Georgetown University

    Teams from Washington D.C.: 4

    Top team: Georgetown University
    RPI rank: 151
    Conference: Big East
    Overall record: 15-14

  • Washington: Gonzaga University
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    Washington: Gonzaga University

    Teams from Washington: 5

    Top team: Gonzaga University
    RPI rank: 29
    Conference: WCC
    Overall record: 28-4

  • West Virginia: West Virginia University
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    West Virginia: West Virginia University

    Teams from West Virginia: 2

    Top team: West Virginia University
    RPI rank: 31
    Conference: Big 12
    Overall record: 22-9

  • Wisconsin: Marquette University
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    Wisconsin: Marquette University

    Teams from Wisconsin: 4

    Top team: Marquette University
    RPI rank: 57
    Conference: Big East
    Overall record: 18-12

  • Wyoming: The University of Wyoming
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    Wyoming: The University of Wyoming

    Teams from Wyoming: 1

    Top team: The University of Wyoming
    RPI rank: 89
    Conference: MWC
    Overall record: 19-12

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