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2021 Top Plains States Region Men's D1 Basketball Schools

19 Colleges
$25,123 Avg Tuition & Fees*
39% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

With all of the options student athletes have for higher education today, it can be tough to choose which direction to take. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Best Colleges for Division I Men's Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking.

Our analysis looked at 19 schools in the Plains States Region to determine which ones were the best for D1 Men's Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region. Instead of depending on subjective information, we focus on objective factors to determine this ranking. These factors include such things as the athletic competitiveness of the school and the school's overall quality. This means that a school must provide students with a great education in addition to having a good sports team if it wants to rank well.

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Top Colleges in the Plains States Region for D1 Men's Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of Kansas

Lawrence, Kansas
#21 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Our analysis found University of Kansas to be the best school for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region in this year’s ranking. Located in Lawrence, Kansas, the large public school awarded 4,536 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

KU brought in $18,974,009 while tallying up $12,547,439 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $6,426,570, which isn’t bad at all. The great academic progress rate of 984 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

In addition to its great ranking here, KU is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#2

Creighton University

Omaha, Nebraska
#7 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Out of the 19 schools in the Plains States Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Creighton University landed the #2 spot on the list. Creighton is a private not-for-profit institution located in Omaha, Nebraska. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,243 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at Creighton brought home $8,590,055 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 966.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 89%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Creighton also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#3

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
#6 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Out of the 19 schools in the Plains States Region that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities landed the #3 spot on the list. UMN Twin Cities is a large public school situated in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It awarded 8,988 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at UMN Twin Cities made $18,835,871 in revenue, while incurring $9,115,817 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $9,720,054 in profit. The great academic progress rate of 977 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UMN Twin Cities also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#4

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa
#17 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Out of the 19 schools in the Plains States Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Iowa State University landed the #4 spot on the list. Iowa State is located in Ames, Iowa and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 7,380 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at Iowa State made $14,670,525 in revenue, while incurring $7,693,014 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $6,977,511 for the sports team. The academic progress rate of the team is 949.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Iowa State also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#5

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa
#15 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Out of the 19 schools in the Plains States Region that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Iowa landed the #5 spot on the list. Located in Iowa City, Iowa, the large public school awarded 5,811 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at Iowa took home $12,120,342 in revenue and paid out $8,097,014 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $4,023,328 for the sports team. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 960.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Iowa also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#6

Kansas State University

Manhattan, Kansas
Top 15% in Quality in the Plains States Region

Kansas State University landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Manhattan, Kansas, the large public school awarded 4,048 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at K -State made $10,733,840 in revenue, while incurring $8,028,533 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $2,705,307, which isn’t bad at all. The academic progress rate of the team is 956.

In addition to its great ranking here, K -State is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#7

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska
#20 in Quality in the Plains States Region

University of Nebraska - Lincoln came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Lincoln, Nebraska is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,859 students in 2018-2019.

UNL brought in $15,042,854 while tallying up $9,180,631 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $5,862,223, which isn’t bad at all. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 964.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UNL also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#8

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, Missouri
#9 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Saint Louis University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #8. Saint Louis University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Saint Louis, Missouri that handed out 1,867 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at SLU made $7,428,566 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 938.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, SLU is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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Top 20% in Quality in the Plains States Region

North Dakota State University - Main Campus ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region list. Located in Fargo, North Dakota, the fairly large public school handed out 2,588 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at North Dakota State University took home $1,720,634 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 985, signifying that team members care about their grades.

North Dakota State University also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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#10

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa
Top 20% in Quality in the Plains States Region

University of Northern Iowa landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Cedar Falls, Iowa, the fairly large public school awarded 2,500 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at UNI made $3,550,793 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 980, signifying that team members care about their grades.

UNI also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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#11

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, North Dakota
Top 25% in Quality in the Plains States Region

University of North Dakota came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. University of North Dakota is a fairly large public school located in Grand Forks, North Dakota that handed out 2,231 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at UND made $1,943,907 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 964.

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#12

Wichita State University

Wichita, Kansas

Wichita State University ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region list. WSU is a public institution located in Wichita, Kansas. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,231 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at WSU brought home $8,182,863 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 965.

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#13

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, South Dakota

University of South Dakota ranked #13 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region list. USD is a medium-sized public school situated in Vermillion, South Dakota. It awarded 1,352 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at USD made $1,469,868 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 961.

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#14

University of Missouri - Columbia

Columbia, Missouri
#25 in Quality in the Plains States Region

University of Missouri - Columbia landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Columbia, Missouri, the large public school handed out 6,314 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at Mizzou made $12,586,990 in revenue, while incurring $8,255,259 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $4,331,731, which isn’t bad at all. The academic progress rate of the team is 958.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Mizzou also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#15

South Dakota State University

Brookings, South Dakota

South Dakota State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #15. South Dakota State University is a fairly large public school located in Brookings, South Dakota that handed out 2,026 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at South Dakota State took home $2,177,776 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 975.

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#16

University of Missouri - Kansas City

Kansas City, Missouri

University of Missouri - Kansas City did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #16. Kansas City, Missouri is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,827 students in 2018-2019.

UMKC brought in $3,902,606 while tallying up $2,246,404 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $1,656,202 in profit. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 957.

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#17

Drake University

Des Moines, Iowa
#11 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Drake University ranked #17 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region list. Located in Des Moines, Iowa, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 896 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Drake took home $2,557,916 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 968.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Drake also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#18

Missouri State University - Springfield

Springfield, Missouri

Missouri State University - Springfield landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Missouri State is located in Springfield, Missouri and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,756 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at Missouri State brought home $2,808,838 in revenue in a single year.

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#19

Southeast Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Southeast Missouri State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #19. Located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, the fairly large public school awarded 1,711 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Southeast Missouri State University took home $1,304,144 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 939.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 19 schools only.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Revenue and expense information comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s Equity in Athletics Data Analysis (EADA) website.
  • The academic progress rate (APR) of each team was made available by the NCAA.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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