Many of college basketball’s greatest rivals are battling for in-state supremacy this week, making it a great time to ask: which state takes home the crown as the best in college hoops? Just like basketball teams, some states are relying on a single superstar to carry them, while others depend on an assortment of strong teams.
California, with its huge supply of Division I programs, has seen many of its most prominent teams improve in 2012-13 after the Pac-12’s disastrous showing last year. Even so, the biggest success story of the year for the Golden State has been mid-major San Diego State, a Top 25 team for most of the season.
Read on for more on California’s broad-based collection of roundball talent, along with the state’s place in the pecking order of the best (and worst) in the nation. Quantity is well and good, but one great team counts for more here than a few pretty good ones.