Power Ranking the 50 US States by College Basketball Strength

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Power Ranking the 50 US States by College Basketball Strength
Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

We are constantly being bombarded with debates about the best conference in the country, but this might be the first time anyone has attempted to mathematically rank the 50 U.S. states (and District of Columbia) by college basketball strength.

Using 75 years of tournament history and three years of AP rankings, we've done exactly that.

Depending on how well you know college basketball history, you can probably guess most of the states in the top 10. Based on their sheer number of national championships, it should be no surprise to find California, Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina near the top of the list.

But Nevada at No. 4? That one shocked even me.

On the following slide, I'll explain the thought process that went into the calculations. Beyond that, we'll work our way from Alaska all the way up to the most successful state in the nation.


Unless otherwise noted, statistics on the following slides are courtesy of College Basketball Reference.

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