The Best College Basketball Team in Each State (Part 3)

Let’s move on to part three of this series, covering the top team in each state this season!


Nebraska – Creighton Bluejays

10th ranked Creighton is off to a fantastic 10-0 start to their season. The Bluejays already have quality wins against Wisconsin, Ole Miss, and in-state rivals Nebraska. Creighton has the potential to make a deep run in March.



Nevada – Nevada Wolfpack

Nevada has had a very solid beginning to their 2016 season with wins over Washington and Oakland. Led by senior guard Marcus Marshall, the Wolfpack looks like a contender in the Mountain West Conference.



New Hampshire – New Hampshire Wildcats

One of only two Division 1 basketball programs in the state, the New Hampshire Wildcats have actually had a very successful season to this point, with a 7-3 record. They haven’t faced the best competition, but that is to be expected.



New Jersey – Monmouth Hawks

Monmouth had fantastic 2015 year, and have continued that success into the 2016 season. Not only have the Hawks started out 9-2, but the high level play of senior 5’8” guard Justin Robinson has continued.


New Mexico – New Mexico State Aggies

Despite having split the season series with in-state rival New Mexico, the Aggies have been red hot of late. New Mexico State has won their last 7 games, and are currently at the top of the Western Athletic Conference.


New York – Syracuse Orange

Syracuse hasn’t quite blown all of their competition out of the water this season. While they aren’t as dominant this year as they have been in years past, the Orange are still a dangerous team to come up against.


North Carolina – North Carolina Tar Heels

Their sole loss of the season coming against fellow college basketball powerhouse Indiana, the Tar Heels have one of the most talented rosters in basketball. At this point in the year, it looks like UNC is one of the favorites to win the title.


North Dakota – North Dakota Fighting Hawks

Unfortunately for college basketball fans in North Dakota, there isn’t too much talent to watch in their state. The only two Division 1 basketball schools in the North Dakota have both had weak beginnings to their season. The Fighting Hawks get the nod here because they defeated their in-state rivals earlier in the year.

Ohio – Xavier Musketeers

Piggy-backing off of their hugely successful 2015 campaign, the Musketeers are back at it again in 2016. Xavier should be looking at a top seed in March Madness, and are currently ranked 17th in the entire nation.


Oklahoma – Oklahoma State Cowboys

Oklahoma State has overtaken Oklahoma for the top spot in Oklahoma this season much due to the play of guards Jawun Evans and Phil Forte. The Cowboys have one of the most prolific backcourts in college basketball this year.


Oregon – Oregon Ducks

Despite dropping two of their first four games, Oregon has gotten themselves back on track in 2016 and is now ranked 23 in the country. The Ducks have one of the most talented rosters in the nation, highlighted by Dillon Brooks, Chris Boucher, Tyler Dorsey, and Dylan Ennis.



Pennsylvania – Villanova Wildcats

The number one team in the entire country, Villanova are the reigning national champions. With premier players like Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins back in the mix this season, Villanova is a team to be reckoned with.