Final Four predictions for 2024 March Madness: Which team wins NCAA tournament title game?

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March Madness has led to this: Here are 2024 Final Four predictions for games between Purdue vs. North Carolina State and UConn vs. Alabama, and a national championship pick.

The NCAA tournament games will take place Saturday, April 6 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, with the national championship game Monday, April 8.

UConn is striving to defend its title. The Huskies would become the first team to win back-to-back championships since Florida in 2006 and 2007. Alabama is making its first Final Four appearance after chopping down ACC foes North Carolina and Clemson.

The Boilermakers are in their first Final Four since 1980 on the back of Zach Edey’s 40-point, 16-rebound performance in the Elite 8 in Detroit. And the Wolfpack are scorching teams, winning the ACC tournament just to get to the Big Dance, and then pulling off four more upsets.

Here are Final Four picks and a national championship game prediction, from our Michigan Wolverines beat writer Tony Garcia.

1-seed UConn vs. 4-seed Alabama

Tony Garcia: It’s already a banner season for Alabama, which has made the Final Four for the first time. That’s plenty good enough for a football powerhouse ushering in a new era in its primary sport. UConn, in case it’s not clear, is on a march path right now and nobody looks like it can stop Donovan Clingan, Tristen Newton and Cam Spencer. Pick: UConn 85, Alabama 71.

1-seed Purdue vs. 11-seed NC State

Tony Garcia: It had been 44 years since Purdue punched its ticket to a Final Four, a streak busted Sunday afternoon in Detroit. Now, it tries to end a 55-year drought since it last played for a national title. NC State is on an absolutely incredible run. A team that would’ve missed the tournament, it became the first to win five games in five days in the ACC tournament to earn an automatic berth. Then, it upset 6-seed New Mexico and outlasted red-hot 14-seed Oakland in overtime. The Wolfpack then easily beat 2-seed Marquette, before dispatching conference foe and in-state…

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Author : Detroit Free Press

Publish date : 2024-03-31 23:48:56

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