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Final Four 2024: Schedule, Odds, Predictions for NCAA Men’s Tournament Semifinals

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If you like compelling college basketball storylines, well, the men’s NCAA tournament Final Four has one for you.

We have dominant powers: both No. 1 Purdue and No. 1 Connecticut have remained alive through four rounds.

We have a Cinderella: No. 11 North Carolina State defeated No. 4 Duke 76-64 on Sunday to secure its spot in the Final Four.

And No. 4 Alabama, playing in its first Final Four, will surely keep things interesting; the high-octane Crimson Tide offense, which has scored 89 points in consecutive games, won’t go down without a fight.

We also have the potential for the first repeat champion since the 2007 Gators if the Huskies can keep it rolling all the way until “One Shining Moment” plays on April 8.

Let’s take a look at the schedule for the NCAA men’s final four and preview the two matchups set to go down on April 6.

Men’s Final Four Schedule 1 of 2

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Date: Saturday, April 6

Location: Glendale, Arizona

Venue: State Farm Stadium

(1) Purdue vs. (11) North Carolina State: 6:09 p.m. ET (TNT/TBS/truTV)
(1) Connecticut vs. (4) Alabama: 9:20 p.m. ET (TNT/TBS/truTV) The NCAA championship game will be played Monday, April 8 at 9:20 p.m. ET at State Farm Stadium.

Odds and Predictions 2 of 2

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No. 1 Connecticut (-11.5) vs. No. 4 Alabama (O/U: 161.5)

In the Final Four, the UConn Huskies are looking to do something no NCAA men’s basketball team has done for 17 years: win back-to-back titles.

The Alabama Crimson Tide, meanwhile, are looking to do something their program has never done before: reach their first-ever NCAA Finals.

In the Sweet 16, in a rematch of last year’s championship game, UConn beat San Diego State to become the first defending champion since 2007 to return to the Elite Eight—and then continued on to the Final Four when they trounced Illinois 77-52 on Saturday.

Now the Crimson Tide are the latest obstacle in the Huskies’ path. Vegas is high on UConn, but Alabama’s offense has been one of the most powerful in college basketball this season. Ultimately, KenPom has the Huskies winning out, with an 88 percent chance to make the Finals.

No. 1 Purdue (-9) vs. No. 11 North Carolina State

North Carolina State bested Duke 76-64 on Sunday to secure its spot in the Final Four. But waiting for the Wolfpack will be a Purdue Boilermakers team that has something to prove after getting bounced from the 2023 NCAA Tournament in the first round.

Star Zach Edey has been putting the Boilermakers on his back, dropping 40 on Tennessee on Sunday to help Purdue advance to the Final Four. But now he’s on a collision course with the Wolfpack defense, which has showcased a smothering defense so far this postseason, taking away Duke’s outside shooting entirely in the Elite Eight. NC State is 21-5 when it has held teams to less than 76 points.

And yet, Purdue’s offense is going to be hard for any team to best. Edey has four double-doubles in four tournament games, averaging 30 points and 16 rebounds per game. Purdue’s redemption quest may be the deciding factor.

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