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Andy Wittry | NCAA.com | August 23, 2021

The winningest DI men's college basketball programs from every state

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We've ranked all 50 states based on the number of Division I men's basketball championships they've won and now we're taking a closer look at each state. What is the winningest DI program in every state?

Well, that depends on how you define "winningest." We broke it down based on all-time DI wins and all-time winning percentage at the DI level. The data was compiled via Sports Reference and the only schools that were considered are those currently competing at the Division I level. Only wins at the DI level were included. 

The entire list is below (with some bonus trivia questions, too) and is updated through games played through the 2020-21 season.

Alabama

Number of Division I programs: 10
Program with most wins: Alabama (1,719 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: UAB (.624)

Alabama has more than a 300-victory lead over rival Auburn. New to the state's list of DI teams is North Alabama, which just finished its second season at the highest level of college basketball.

Alaska

Number of Division I programs: 0
Program with most wins: N/A
Program with highest winning percentage: N/A

There aren't any Division I men's basketball programs in Alaska.

Arizona

Number of Division I programs: 4
Program with most wins: Arizona (1,825 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Arizona (.657)

Arizona has more than 400 more wins than Arizona State, which has an all-time winning percentage that's almost 130 percentage points lower than the Wildcats.

Arkansas

Number of Division I programs: 5
Program with most wins: Arkansas (1,733 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Arkansas (.640)

Arkansas almost has as many wins as the other four DI programs in the state combined.

California

Number of Division I programs: 25
Program with most wins: UCLA (1,931 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: UCLA (.687)

UCLA has roughly 39 times as many wins as a DI program as Cal Baptist, which just finished its second year as a DI school.

Colorado

Number of Division I programs: 5
Program with most wins: Colorado (1,361 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Northern Colorado (.539)

Colorado is 55 wins ahead of Colorado State for the most DI wins among schools in the state.

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Connecticut

Number of Division I programs: 7
Program with most wins: Connecticut (1,690)
Program with highest winning percentage: Connecticut (.634)

The state of Connecticut is tied for fifth nationally with four national championships, despite only having seven DI men's basketball programs. That's all because of the Huskies.

Delaware

Number of Division I programs: 2
Program with most wins: Delaware (960 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Delaware (.496)

Delaware's all-time winning percentage is 105 percent higher than Delaware State.

Florida

Joakim Noah blocks a shot attempt from Alfred Aboya of UCLA.

Number of Division I programs: 13
Program with most wins: Florida (1,466 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Florida State (.598)

Florida Gulf Coast is third among Florida schools with a .564 winning percentage — .001 ahead of Florida.

Georgia

Number of Division I programs: 6
Program with most wins: Georgia (1,453 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Georgia Tech (.528)

Georgia Tech's all-time winning percentage is only .008 higher than Georgia, which means the two schools could theoretically trade the lead every few months, depending on the ebbs and flows of a season.

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Hawaii

Number of Division I programs: 1
Program with most wins: Hawaii (786 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Hawaii (.528)

Arguably the most famous non-conference men's basketball tournament, the Maui Invitational, is in Hawaii but there's only one DI program in the 50th state.

Idaho

Number of Division I programs: 3
Program with most wins: Idaho (1,353 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Boise State (.558)

Idaho has roughly 65 more years of history than Boise State but the Broncos have a winning percentage that's 91 percentage points higher.

Illinois

Number of Division I programs: 13
Program with most wins: Illinois (1,833 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Illinois (.640)

Did you know Bradley (1,704 wins) has the second-highest DI win total of any program in the state?

Indiana

Number of Division I programs: 10
Program with most wins: Notre Dame (1,913 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Notre Dame (.644)

Indiana (1,865 wins) is less than 50 wins behind Notre Dame and Purdue (1,855 wins) isn't far behind, either.

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Iowa

Number of Division I programs: 4
Program with most wins: Iowa (1,695 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Iowa (.587)

Three of the four DI programs in Iowa have an all-time winning percentage of at least 50 percent, so pound for pound, there's some pretty good hoops in the Hawkeye State.

Kansas

Sherron Collins keeps the ball inbounds in Kansas' 2008 Final Four game.

Number of Division I programs: 3
Program with most wins: Kansas (2,323 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Kansas (.727)

To put into perspective how storied the Jayhawks' program is, Kansas State has 1,677 wins and an all-time winning percentage of .584 — two very good marks — yet Kansas is far and away the winningest program in the state.

Kentucky

Number of Division I programs: 7
Program with most wins: Kentucky (2,329 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Kentucky (.762)

Kentucky has the highest winning percentage in the country with the Wildcats' winning more than three out of every four games in program history, on average.

Louisiana

Number of Division I programs: 12
Program with most wins: LSU (1,602 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Louisiana Tech (.583)

There are three other programs in the stat with a winning percentage north of 57 percent so for a football-crazy state, there's also some good basketball being played in Louisiana.

Maine

Number of Division I programs: 1
Program with most wins: Maine (810 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Maine (.440)

There are five states with just one DI men's basketball program. Hawaii and Maine are two of those states and they played each other during the 2020 season with Maine playing a road game at Hawaii.

Maryland

Number of Division I programs: 9
Program with most wins: Maryland (1,604 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Maryland (.603)

Navy (1,424 wins, .568 win percentage) is the second-winningest program in Maryland.

Massachusetts

Number of Division I programs: 8
Program with most wins: Holy Cross (1,420 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Holy Cross (.579)

Did you know that Holy Cross is responsible for Massachusetts' only men's basketball national championship?

Michigan

Number of Division I programs: 7
Program with most wins: Michigan State (1,754 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Michigan State (.612)

Michigan State's .612 winning percentage is only .001 higher than Michigan's.

Minnesota

Number of Division I programs: 1
Program with most wins: Minnesota (1,677 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Minnesota (.574)

Minnesota ranks 22nd nationally in population, according to World Population Review, yet the state only has one DI men's basketball program. The other four states with just one program are Hawaii (40th), Maine (42nd), Vermont (49th) and Wyoming (50th).

Mississippi

Number of Division I programs: 6
Program with most wins: Mississippi State (1,463 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Mississippi State (.544)

Ole Miss' all-time record is 1,344-1,344 through the 2021 season – exactly .500.

Missouri

Number of Division I programs: 5
Program with most wins: Missouri (1,671 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Missouri State (.584)

Missouri State's .590 winning percentage is just .006 higher than Missouri.

Montana

Number of Division I programs: 2
Program with most wins: Montana (1,470 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Montana (.545)

Montana is the only state with a tie for the highest winning percentage in the state and it only has two DI programs.

Montana is 1,470-1,225 all-time while Montana State is 1,456-1,216. Both programs have a .545 all-time winning percentage.

Nebraska

Number of Division I programs: 3
​​​​​​​Program with most wins: Creighton (1,608 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Creighton (.608)

Nebraska is just over 70 wins behind Creighton but the Bluejays have an all-time winning percentage that's 88 percentage points higher.

Nevada

Number of Division I programs: 2
​​​​​​​Program with most wins: UNLV (1,129 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: UNLV (.690)

UNLV has been a DI program for 14 fewer seasons than Nevada but the Runnin' Rebels have roughly 140 more wins.

New Hampshire

Number of Division I programs: 2
​​​​​​​Program with most wins: Dartmouth (1,319 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Dartmouth (.461)

Along with Delaware and Maine, New Hampshire is one of three states that doesn't have a men's basketball program with a winning percentage better than 50 percent.

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New Jersey

Number of Division I programs: 8
​​​​​​​Program with most wins: Princeton (1,761 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Princeton (.615)

Seton Hall, which has the second-most wins of any New Jersey program, is more than 200 wins behind Princeton with 1,549 all-time.

New Mexico

Number of Division I programs: 2
​​​​​​​Program with most wins: New Mexico State (1,576 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: New Mexico State (.592)

How about the New Mexico-New Mexico State rivalry? New Mexico State has a slight edge in all-time wins (1,576 to 1,522) and winning percentage (.592 to .577).

New York

Number of Division I programs: 22
​​​​​​​Program with most wins: Syracuse (2,041 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Syracuse (.687)

Syracuse won New York's last men's basketball national championship. Can you name the other New York school that won a national title? Hint: It's no longer a Division I program (answer below).

North Carolina

North Carolina celebrates its 2017 NCAA national title.

Number of Division I programs: 18
​​​​​​​Program with most wins: North Carolina (2,293 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: North Carolina (.734)

Duke's 2,214 wins and .710 winning percentage would rank first in almost any state. But not in North Carolina.

North Dakota

Number of Division I programs: 2
​​​​​​​Program with most wins: North Dakota State (549 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: North Dakota State (.689)

Both North Dakota State and South Dakota State have more wins and a higher winning percentage than North Dakota and South Dakota, respectively.

Ohio

Number of Division I programs: 13
​​​​​​​Program with most wins: Cincinnati (1,847 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Cincinnati (.640)

The state of Ohio won three consecutive men's basketball national championships to start the 1960s with Ohio State and Cincinnati winning the title from 1960 to 1962.

Oklahoma

Number of Division I programs: 4
​​​​​​​Program with most wins: Oklahoma (1,720 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Oklahoma (.609)

Oklahoma State (1,699 wins, .586 winning percentage) is within shouting distance of Oklahoma.

Oregon

Number of Division I programs: 4
​​​​​​​Program with most wins: Oregon State (1,798 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Oregon State (.568)

Oregon won the first-ever NCAA Tournament as we know it today, but it's Oregon State that leads all schools in the state in wins and winning percentage.

Pennsylvania

Number of Division I programs: 14
​​​​​​​Program with most wins: Temple (1,945 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Villanova (.657)

With the Big 5, the city of Philadelphia has more DI programs than 24 states do individually.

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Rhode Island

Number of Division I programs: 4
​​​​​​​Program with most wins: Rhode Island (1,545 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Providence (.610)

Three of the four DI programs in Rhode Island have at least 1,000 wins.

South Carolina

Number of Division I programs: 12
​​​​​​​Program with most wins: South Carolina (1,450 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: College of Charleston (.685)

There are only eight active DI programs with a higher winning percentage than College of Charleston entering the 2021 season.

South Dakota

Number of Division I programs: 2
​​​​​​​Program with most wins: South Dakota State (275 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: South Dakota State (.650)

South Dakota State has only been a DI program for two more years than South Dakota but the Jackrabbits have 99 more wins.

Tennessee

Number of Division I programs: 12
​​​​​​​Program with most wins: Tennessee (1,691 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Belmont (.669)

In addition to Belmont, three other schools in the state have an all-time winning percentage of at least 60 percent.

Can you name them? (Answer below.)

Texas

Number of Division I programs: 23
​​​​​​​Program with most wins: Texas (1,827 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Texas (.623)

Texas' 23 DI programs have combined to win just one men's basketball national championship.

Which school is responsible for Texas' lone title? Hint: The school has fewer letters in its name than "Texas" (answer below).

Utah

Number of Division I programs: 6
​​​​​​​Program with most wins: BYU (1,873)
Program with highest winning percentage: Utah (.642)

Only 13 active DI programs have more wins all-time than BYU.

Vermont

Number of Division I programs: 1
​​​​​​​Program with most wins: Vermont (960 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Vermont (.536)

Vermont is the state's only DI men's basketball program.

Virginia

Virginia celebrates its 2019 national title.

Number of Division I programs: 14
​​​​​​​Program with most wins: Virginia (1,673 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: VCU (.648)

VCU (955 wins), which has completed 48 DI seasons, will likely reach the 1,000-win mark by the time it finishes its 50th season as a DI program.

Washington

Number of Division I programs: 5
​​​​​​​Program with most wins: Washington (1,817 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Gonzaga (.660)

Will Gonzaga ever catch Washington? Gonzaga's all-time winning percentage is more than 50 percentage points higher but the Bulldogs have 450 fewer wins. That's quite a gap.

Washington D.C.

Number of Division I programs: 4
​​​​​​​Program with most wins: Georgetown (1,700 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Georgetown (.611)

Can you name the four DI schools in D.C.?

West Virginia

Number of Division I programs: 2
​​​​​​​Program with most wins: West Virginia (1,811 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: West Virginia (.618)

West Virginia's all-time win statistics are impressive compared to any state's DI population, not just a state with two DI schools.

Wisconsin

Number of Division I programs: 4
​​​​​​​Program with most wins: Marquette (1,664 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Marquette (.617)

The Wisconsin Badgers are 11 wins behind the Golden Eagles all-time.

Wyoming

Number of Division I programs: 1
​​​​​​​Program with most wins: Wyoming (1,560 wins)
Program with highest winning percentage: Wyoming (.561)

Wyoming's 1,560 all-time wins ranks 62nd among the 357 current DI programs.

Trivia answers:

  • New York: CCNY won the 1950 men's basketball national championship.
  • Tennessee: Belmont (.656), Chattanooga (.600) and Tennessee (.612) also have a winning percentage of at least .600.
  • Texas: UTEP won the 1966 men's basketball national championship.
  • Washington D.C.: American, George Washington, Georgetown and Howard are the four schools in D.C.

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