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There are more than 350 Division I basketball programs, but what state has the most Division I basketball teams? Here's a hint: it's definitely not Alaska.

What State Has the Most Division I Basketball Teams?

There are more than 350 NCAA Division I basketball programs in America spread across almost all 50 states (more on that in a moment) and D.C. But what state has the most Division I basketball teams within its borders?

There are probably a few that jump to your mind immediately as possibilities, and I sincerely hope Alaska didn’t enter your thoughts. Not only is the state not even close to having the most Division I basketball teams, it’s the only one in the country with zero to its name. Otherwise, though, every other state and D.C. have at least one.

Make your guesses now or forever hold your peace, because it’s education time.

What State Has the Most Division I Basketball Teams?

1. California (26)

California Teams: California Baptist, Cal Poly, CSU Bakersfield, CSU Fullerton, CSU Northridge, Fresno State, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, Pacific, Pepperdine, Sacramento State, Saint Mary’s, San Diego, San Diego State, San Francisco, San Jose State, Santa Clara, Stanford, UC Berkeley (Cal), UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, USC

California boasts the most Division I basketball teams of any state in America with 26, growing one larger this season with UC San Diego making the jump up Division II. It has four programs participating in the Pac-12 – Cal, Stanford, USC, and UCLA – and a number of teams in the Mountain West, Big West, WCC and more. In fact, 10 of the 11 teams in the Big West are in California, which alone is more than well over half of states.

If you’re looking for Division I basketball programs, you’ll find them in California.

2. Texas (24)

Texas Teams: Abilene Christian, Baylor, Houston, Houston Baptist, Incarnate Word, Lamar, North Texas, Prairie View A&M, Rice, Sam Houston State, SMU, Stephen F. Austin, Tarleton State, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, TCU, UTRGV, Texas Southern, Texas State, Texas Tech, UT-Arlington, UTEP, UTSA

The Lone Star State also added a new face to its Division I ranks this year with Tarleton State moving up with the big boys. Texas has four squads in the Big 12 – Texas, Texas Tech, Baylor, and TCU – and has roots down in the SEC, AAC, Southland and more. The state is a few teams behind California for the top spot, but there’s no question Texas has an appetite for college hoops.

There are more than 350 Division I basketball programs, but what state has the most Division I basketball teams? Here's a hint: it's definitely not Alaska.

3. New York (22)

New York Teams: Albany, Army, Binghamton, Buffalo, Canisius, Colgate, Columbia, Cornell, Fordham, Hofstra, Iona, LIU-Brooklyn, Manhattan, Marist, Niagara, Siena, St. Bonaventure, St. Francis (NY), St. John’s, Stony Brook, Syracuse, Wagner

New York doesn’t have a ton in the way of major programs – Syracuse in the ACC and St. John’s in the Big East are its only claims – but it makes up for it in competitors in the NEC, AmEast, MAAC and more. When you think New York, you probably don’t think college sports as its more of a pro-sports focused state. But you can’t argue with the amount of Division I basketball teams within its borders.

4. North Carolina (18)

North Carolina Teams: Appalachian State, Campbell, Charlotte, Davidson, Duke, East Carolina, Elon, Gardner-Webb, High Point, North Carolina, North Carolina A&T, North Carolina Central, North Carolina State, UNC-Asheville, UNC-Greensboro, UNC-Wilmington, Wake Forest, Western Carolina

The first three states on this list are all in the top four for population, so their placements make sense. This one makes sense because of how much North Carolina loves its basketball, especially college basketball.

You won’t find many states that love college hoops as much as NC does, and as such, there are tons of Division I basketball teams in the Tar Heel State. North Carolina is synonymous with the ACC, with Duke, UNC, NC State, and Wake Forest all calling the conference home, and it has a handful of teams competing across a range of leagues, including the SoCon, CAA, and AAC.

Photo credit to Hayden Schiff.

T-5. Pennsylvania / Virginia (14)

Pennsylvania Teams: Bucknell, Drexel, Duquesne, La Salle, Lafayette, Lehigh, Penn, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Robert Morris, St. Francis (PA), St. Joseph’s, Temple, Villanova

Pennsylvania comes in at a tie for fifth, with a good chunks of teams located around Philadelphia, a few in Pittsburgh, and stragglers sprinkled across the state. It has three teams competing in major conferences with Penn State in the Big Ten, Pittsburgh in the ACC, and Villanova in the Big East, contributing to confusion over whether PA is an Atlantic of Midwestern state. The Patriot League an A-10 also have strong holds on Pennsylvania, serving as the home to six of the state’s Division I basketball teams.

Virginia Teams: George Mason, Hampton, James Madison, Liberty, Longwood, Norfolk State, Old Dominion, Radford, Richmond, Virginia, VCU, VMI, Virginia Tech, William & Mary

Virginia has Virginia and Virginia Tech competing in the ACC and its major conference representatives, but programs like VCU, Richmond, George Mason, Old Dominion, and Norfolk State have made major national statements in college basketball within the last 15 years. The A-10, CAA, and MEAC are the other most popular conferences in the state.

T-7. Florida / Ohio / Illinois (13)

Florida Teams: Bethune-Cookman, Florida, Florida A&M, FAU, FGCU, FIU, Florida State, Jacksonville, Miami (FL), North Florida, South Florida, Stetson, UCF

Three major conference teams headline in Florida, with Florida State and Miami in the ACC and Florida in the SEC. But the A-Sun has the strongest hold on Division I basketball teams in the Sunshine State, playing host to four Florida squads. The AAC and C-USA are popular, too.

Ohio Teams: Akron, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Cleveland State, Dayton, Kent State, Miami (OH), Ohio, Ohio State, Toledo, Wright State, Xavier, Youngstown State

Ohio State and Xavier are the two major conference teams out of the state, in the Big Ten and Big East, respectively, but Cincinnati and Dayton have been serious players in the national conversation at times in their histories. The MAC is by far the dominant league in this state, with six teams calling the Mid-American home.

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Illinois Teams: Bradley, Chicago State, DePaul, Eastern Illinois, Illinois, Illinois State, Loyola Chicago, Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Southern Illinois, SIU-Edwardsville, UIC, Western Illinois

Illinois has three representatives in major conferences: Illinois and Northwestern in the Big Ten and DePaul in the Big East. Otherwise, the Missouri Valley is popular home for Illinois-based teams, and Chicago State’s inclusion in the WAC means Illinois is a Western state now.

T-10. Louisiana / South Carolina / Tennessee (12)

Louisiana Teams: Grambling State, Louisiana Lafayette, Louisiana Monroe, LSU, Louisiana Tech, McNeese State, New Orleans, Nicholls State, Northwestern State, Southeastern Louisiana, Southern, Tulane

South Carolina Teams: College of Charleston, Charleston Southern, The Citadel, Clemson, Coastal Carolina, Furman, Presbyterian, South Carolina, South Carolina State, South Carolina Upstate, Winthrop, Wofford

Tennessee Teams: Austin Peay, Belmont, Chattanooga, ETSU, Lipscomb, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Tennessee, Tennessee-Martin, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech, Vanderbilt

T-13. Alabama / Indiana (10)

Alabama Teams: Alabama, Alabama A&M, Alabama State, Auburn, Jacksonville State, North Alabama, Samford, South Alabama, Troy, UAB

Indiana Teams: Ball State, Butler, Evansville, Indiana, Indiana State, IUPUI, Notre Dame, Purdue, Purdue Fort Wayne, Valparaiso

There are more than 350 Division I basketball programs, but what state has the most Division I basketball teams? Here's a hint: it's definitely not Alaska.
Photo credit to Chris Kuga.

15. Maryland (9)

Maryland Teams: Coppin State, Loyola (MD), Maryland, Morgan State, Mount St. Mary’s, Navy, Towson, UMBC, UMES

T-16. Kentucky / Massachusetts / New Jersey (8)

Kentucky Teams: Bellarmine, Eastern Kentucky, Kentucky, Louisville, Morehead State, Murray State, Northern Kentucky, Western Kentucky

Massachusetts Teams: Boston College, Boston U, Harvard, Holy Cross, Massachusetts, Merrimack, Northeastern, UMass-Lowell

New Jersey Teams: Fairleigh Dickinson, Monmouth, NJIT, Princeton, Rider, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. Peter’s

T-19. Connecticut / Georgia / Michigan / Utah (7)

Connecticut Teams: Central Connecticut State, Connecticut, Hartford, Fairfield, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart, Yale

Georgia Teams: Georgia, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State, Mercer, Savannah State

Michigan Teams: Central Michigan, Detroit Mercy, Eastern Michigan, Michigan, Michigan State, Oakland, Western Michigan

Photo credit to jmcmann.

Utah Teams: BYU, Dixie State, Southern Utah, Utah, Utah State, Utah Valley, Weber State

23. Mississippi (6)

Mississippi Teams: Alcorn State, Jackson State, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Mississippi Valley State, Southern Miss

T-24. Arkansas / Colorado / Missouri / Washington (5)

Arkansas Teams: Arkansas, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Arkansas State, Central Arkansas, Little Rock

Colorado Teams: Air Force, Colorado, Colorado State, Denver, Northern Colorado

Missouri Teams: Missouri, Missouri State, Saint Louis, Southeast Missouri State, UMKC

Washington Teams: Eastern Washington, Gonzaga, Seattle, Washington, Washington State

T-28. Arizona / D.C. / Iowa / Oklahoma / Oregon / Rhode Island / Wisconsin (4)

Arizona Teams: Arizona, Arizona State, Grand Canyon, Northern Arizona

D.C. Teams: American, George Washington, Georgetown, Howard

Iowa Teams: Drake, Iowa, Iowa State, Northern Iowa

Oklahoma Teams: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oral Roberts, Tulsa

Oregon Teams: Oregon, Oregon State, Portland, Portland State

Rhode Island Teams: Brown, Bryant, Providence, Rhode Island

Wisconsin Teams: Green Bay, Marquette, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

There are more than 350 Division I basketball programs, but what state has the most Division I basketball teams? Here's a hint: it's definitely not Alaska.
Photo credit to Richard Hurd.

T-35. Idaho / Kansas / Nebraska (3)

Idaho Teams: Boise State, Idaho, Idaho State

Kansas Teams: Kansas, Kansas State, Wichita State

Nebraska Teams: Creighton, Nebraska, Omaha

T-38. Delaware / Montana / New Hampshire / New Mexico / Nevada / North Dakota / South Dakota / West Virginia (2)

Delaware Teams: Delaware, Delaware State

Montana Teams: Montana, Montana State

New Hampshire Teams: Dartmouth, New Hampshire

New Mexico Teams: New Mexico, New Mexico State

Nevada Teams: Nevada, UNLV

North Dakota Teams: North Dakota, North Dakota State

South Dakota Teams: South Dakota, South Dakota State

West Virginia Teams: Marshall, West Virginia

Photo credit to Kevin Coles.

T-46. Hawaii / Maine / Minnesota / Vermont / Wyoming (1)

Hawaii Teams: Hawaii

Maine Teams: Maine

Minnesota Teams: Minnesota

Vermont Teams: Vermont

Wyoming Teams: Wyoming

51. Alaska (0)

Alaska Teams: Maybe one day

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