*Our State of '08 journey finally ends today with Wisconsin. If you've missed any of the earlier states, spend some time clicking through the links provided below.
INTRO: Now that I've rolled out the last of the Rise & Fall articles, its time to move onto something bigger & better (or at least slightly different).. a state by state ranking of D1 men's basketball programs.
This is not a ranking based on next year's projected success (we have a whole preview for that), but is a general program ranking based mostly on recent success (the last five years) along with subjective factors such as conference prestige, historical success and program direction.
Every state but Alaska has a D1 basketball team, but this is made up by the 4 programs in Washington, DC. Seven states (which you can see below) only have one program.. so there's not much to note there. Then there are seven states with 2 teams.. each pair will be ranked together in one big opening article.. followed by the four 3-team states, and then 32 individual articles to follow.
While some states like California and Texas are loaded with universities, others like Arizona or Kansas only have a few, the order of which isn't hard to figure out (hmm NAU or UofA?..). Thus the length of these state ranking articles will vary greatly.. from just a couple lines to hundreds of words.
D1 Basketball Programs by State
None (1) - Alaska
One (7) - Hawaii, Maine, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wyoming
Two (7) - Delaware, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, West Virginia
Three (4) - Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Rhode Island
Four+ (32) - Top Team in parantheses
Alabama - 9 (Alabama)
Arkansas - 5 (Arkansas)
California - 24 (UCLA)
Colorado - 5 (Air Force)
Connecticut - 7 (UCONN)
Washington, DC - 4 (Georgetown)
Florida - 13 (Florida)
Georgia - 7 (Georgia Tech)
Illinois - 12 (Illinois)
Indiana - 10 (Indiana)
Iowa - 4 (Iowa)
Kentucky - 6 (Kentucky)
Louisiana - 13 (LSU)
Maryland - 9 (Maryland)
Massachusetts - 6 (Boston College)
Michigan - 7 (Michigan State)
Mississippi - 6 (Mississippi State)
Missouri - 5 (Missouri State)
New Jersey - 8 (Seton Hall)
New York - 22 (Syracuse)
North Carolina - 19 (North Carolina)
Ohio - 13 (Ohio State)
Oklahoma - 4 (Oklahoma)
Oregon - 4 (Oregon)
Pennsylvania - 14 (Pittsburgh)
South Carolina - 12 (Clemson)
Tennessee - 12 (Memphis)
Texas - 21 (Texas)
Utah - 6 (BYU)
Virginia - 14 (VCU)
Washington - 4 (Gonzaga)
Wisconsin - 4 (Wisconsin)Hope you enjoyed our journey through college basketball nation!