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Best men's college basketball team in every state

Best men's college basketball team in every state
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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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