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2021 Top Tennessee Men's Basketball Schools

24 Colleges
$27,347 Avg Tuition & Fees*
35% 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. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make that decision. Our Best Colleges for Men's Basketball in Tennessee ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

Our analysis looked at 24 schools in Tennessee to determine which ones were the best for Men's Basketball athletes in Tennessee. Our ranking methodology focuses a number of different objective factors - such as the overall quality of the school, the school's athletic competitiveness, and the amount of athletic aid per student - to make this determination. Having a great sports team is not enough - the school must also focus on academic excellence.

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Top Colleges in Tennessee for Men's Basketball athletes in Tennessee

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee

Our 2021 rankings named Vanderbilt University the best school for Men’s Basketball athletes in Tennessee working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,280 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Vanderbilt made $10,876,435 in revenue, while incurring $9,901,818 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $974,617. The great academic progress rate of 989 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 97%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Vanderbilt is ranked #1 for overall quality in Tennessee.

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#2

Belmont University

Nashville, Tennessee

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Belmont University. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. Belmont is located in Nashville, Tennessee and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,635 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Belmont made $5,129,856 in revenue. Sports aren’t the only thing that the team excels at - they had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

Belmont also made our overall quality list, coming in at #5.

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Out of the 24 schools in Tennessee that were part of this year’s ranking, The University of Tennessee - Knoxville landed the #3 spot on the list. The University of Tennessee - Knoxville is a large public school located in Knoxville, Tennessee that handed out 5,103 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at UT Knoxville took home $17,003,826 in revenue and paid out $10,554,613 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $6,449,213. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 974.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UT Knoxville not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #4 on our overall quality list.

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#4

Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Middle Tennessee State University. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. Middle Tennessee State University is a public institution located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The school has a large population, and it awarded 4,078 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Middle Tennessee State University took home $2,982,636 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 957.

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#5

Lipscomb University

Nashville, Tennessee

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Lipscomb University. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 774 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Lipscomb brought home $2,228,677 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 986, signifying that team members care about their grades.

Lipscomb 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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#6

University of Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee

University of Memphis did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking, coming in at #6. Memphis, Tennessee is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,088 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at UofM took home $8,217,757 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 968.

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#7

Rhodes College

Memphis, Tennessee

Rhodes College landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. Located in Memphis, Tennessee, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 561 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Rhodes College brought home $186,729 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Rhodes College not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall quality list.

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#8

Lincoln Memorial University

Harrogate, Tennessee

Lincoln Memorial University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Tennessee list. LMU is located in Harrogate, Tennessee and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 315 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Basketball team at LMU brought home $943,670 in revenue in a single year.

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Sewanee - The University of the South ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Tennessee list. Sewanee is a private not-for-profit institution located in Sewanee, Tennessee. The school has a small population, and it awarded 432 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Sewanee took home $197,403 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Sewanee is ranked #3 for overall quality in Tennessee.

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#10

Union University

Jackson, Tennessee

Union University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking, coming in at #10. Union is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Jackson, Tennessee. It awarded 533 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Union took home $696,168 in revenue and paid out $659,649 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $36,519, which isn’t bad at all.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Union also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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The University of Tennessee - Martin came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. Located in Martin, Tennessee, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,176 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at UT Martin made $1,270,841 in revenue, while incurring $1,119,003 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $151,838, which isn’t bad at all. The academic progress rate of the team is 973.

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#12

The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga

Chattanooga, Tennessee

The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga is a fairly large public school located in Chattanooga, Tennessee that handed out 2,082 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at UT Chattanooga made $1,940,945 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 938.

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#13

Tennessee Technological University

Cookeville, Tennessee

Tennessee Technological University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking, coming in at #13. Cookeville, Tennessee is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,248 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Tennessee Tech University took home $1,161,305 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 950.

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#14

Maryville College

Maryville, Tennessee

Maryville College came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. Maryville, Tennessee is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 266 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Maryville College brought home $237,673 in revenue in a single year.

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#15

Christian Brothers University

Memphis, Tennessee

Christian Brothers University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. Christian Brothers is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Memphis, Tennessee. It awarded 363 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Christian Brothers took home $552,094 in revenue.

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#16

Tennessee State University

Nashville, Tennessee

Tennessee State University came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. This medium-sized public school is located in Nashville, Tennessee, and it awarded 1,081 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Tennessee State University took home $1,414,097 in revenue and paid out $1,330,636 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $83,461, which isn’t bad at all. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 955.

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#17

Austin Peay State University

Clarksville, Tennessee

Austin Peay State University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. Located in Clarksville, Tennessee, the fairly large public school handed out 1,517 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Austin Peay State University made $2,338,400 in revenue, while incurring $1,904,820 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $433,580. The academic progress rate of the team is 946.

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#18

Lee University

Cleveland, Tennessee

Lee University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking, coming in at #18. Lee University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Cleveland, Tennessee that handed out 848 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Lee University brought home $593,051 in revenue in a single year.

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#19

Carson - Newman University

Jefferson City, Tennessee

With a ranking of #19, Carson - Newman University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. Carson - Newman is a private not-for-profit institution located in Jefferson City, Tennessee. The school has a small population, and it awarded 431 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Carson - Newman made $708,149 in revenue, while incurring $597,952 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $110,197.

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#20

King University

Bristol, Tennessee

With a ranking of #20, King University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Bristol, Tennessee, and it awarded 526 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at King made $525,920 in revenue.

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#21

Trevecca Nazarene University

Nashville, Tennessee

Trevecca Nazarene University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking, coming in at #21. Trevecca Nazarene University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Nashville, Tennessee that handed out 428 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at TNU took home $613,434 in revenue.

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#22

Lane College

Jackson, Tennessee

Lane College ranked #22 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Tennessee list. Located in Jackson, Tennessee, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 176 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Lane College made $627,532 in revenue.

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#23

Tusculum College

Greeneville, Tennessee

Tusculum College landed the #23 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. Tusculum College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Greeneville, Tennessee that handed out 309 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Tusculum College brought in $524,081 while tallying up $521,081 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $3,000 for the sports team.

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#24

Le Moyne - Owen College

Memphis, Tennessee

Le Moyne - Owen College ranked #24 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Tennessee list. Le Moyne - Owen College is located in Memphis, Tennessee and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 137 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Le Moyne - Owen College made $179,548 in revenue.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 24 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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