UConn defeats Alabama, will face Purdue in men's NCAA championship game

Final of the 2024 Men’s NCAA Tournament

Final of the 2024 Men’s NCAA-The final game of the 2024 NCAA Tournament is scheduled for Monday night at 9:20 ET here inside State Farm Stadium.

It’s a great one UConn vs. Purdue.

It’s a matchup between the two teams that have combined to be ranked No. 1 in 12 of the 20 Associated Press Top 25 polls this season.

It’ll feature two-time CBS Sports National Player of the Year Zach Edey matched up against UConn’s Donovan Clingan, a fellow centre who is in contention to be the first big selected in the 2024 NBA Draft.

When it’s over, we’ll either have a back-to-back national champion in UConn or one of the greatest redemption stories in sports history with Purdue winning a national title one year after becoming just the second No. 1 seed ever to lose to a No. 16 seed in NCAA Tournament.

What more could we ask for?

UConn is listed as a 6.5-point favourite, which is notably higher than how most computers are projecting this game to go.

That’s interesting but also understandable given that the Huskies have now won 11 straight games in the NCAA Tournament by at least 13 points.

So Purdue clearly has a tough test on tap in trying to become the first team to beat the Huskies this season without the benefit of a home-court advantage.

Want to stay up to date on all of the action and have a box score updating in real-time throughout the game?

Then keep this page on a second screen and enjoy the last contest of what’s been a fabulous season.

2024 NCAA Tournament schedule

Final of the 2024 Men's NCAA
UConn vs. Purdue:

National Championship

Monday, April 8

State Farm Stadium — Glendale, Arizona

UConn will meet Purdue in the final of the 2024 Men’s NCAA Tournament:

The University of Connecticut and Purdue will meet in the final of the 2024 Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament in Glendale, Arizona on Monday (8 April).

The UConn Huskies are bidding to become the eighth team to win consecutive NCAA men’s basketball D1 titles, and are now one victory away from that feat after defeating Final Four debutants Alabama 86-72 on Saturday.

Stephon Castle scored 21 points with Donovan Clingan adding 18 as the Huskies scored eight unanswered points from 56-56 to pull clear as UConn maintained their record of winning all their March Madness games by double-point margins.

Earlier, the Purdue Boilermakers made their first men’s NCAA final since 1969 thanks to a 63-50 triumph over North Carolina State.

Purdue were never behind in the contest against the NC State Wolfpack who were returning to the Final Four after 38 years away.

Canadian star centre Zach Edey led the way with 20 points, 12 rebounds and four assists to set up a mouth-watering clash with opposite number Clingan.

The final of the Men’s NCAA Tournament takes place in the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on Monday 8 April.

Tip-off is at 6.20pm local time which is 9.20pm Eastern Time.

March Madness 2024: Full men’s tournament schedule and key dates:

  • Selection Sunday: 17 March
  • First Four: 19-20 March
  • First round: 21-22 March
  • Second round: 23-24 March
  • Sweet 16: 28-29 March
  • Elite Eight: 30-31 March
  • Final Four: Saturday, 6 April
  • NCAA championship game: Monday, 8 April


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