2024 Final Four picks, expert predictions, best bets, odds: Exact NCAA Tournament score projections revealed


Top overall seed UConn has a chance to become the first team to win back-to-back national titles since 2007 when it competes in the 2024 NCAA Tournament Final Four. The Huskies have won 10 consecutive games in the NCAA Tournament, including a 77-52 win over No. 3 seed Illinois in the Elite Eight. They will face No. 4 seed Alabama in Saturday’s nightcap at 8:49 p.m. ET in Phoenix. The action begins with a showdown between No. 1 seed Purdue and No. 11 seed NC State at 6:09 p.m. ET at State Farm Stadium.
Purdue is an 8.5-point favorite in the latest 2024 Final Four odds from SportsLine consensus, while UConn is an 11.5-point favorite. Which teams should you back with your 2024 Final Four bets? SportsLine’s team of experts have teamed up to give you college basketball betting advice and Final Four score predictions needed to make the best 2024 NCAA Tournament picks possible.
Their team of experts includes Thomas Casale (22-4-1 CBB run) and Bruce Marshall (49-32-1). Casale’s college basketball picks on SportsLine are 305-179-7 (63%) over the last three seasons. He also is on a 22-4-1 roll on his last 27 against-the-spread picks for a profit of $1,743 for $100 bettors. Marshall has netted $1,390 for $100 bettors across his last 82 picks.
Now, SportsLine’s college basketball experts have analyzed the 2024 Final Four and locked in their 2024 NCAA Tournament score projections for Purdue vs. NC State and UConn vs. Alabama. You can see the exact score projections only at SportsLine.
Top 2024 Final Four predictions
One of the 2024 Final Four score projections is from Thomas Casale, who is 305-179-7 (63%) in his college basketball picks over the last three seasons. He is predicting top overall seed UConn beats No. 4 seed Alabama, 88-74.
The Huskies have been untouchable in the NCAA Tournament over the last two seasons, winning 10 straight games by double-digits. They are coming off a 77-52 win over No. 3 seed Illinois, easily covering the 8.5-point spread in that Elite Eight showdown. Sophomore center Donovan Clingan posted a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while senior guard Cam Spencer had 11 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.
UConn has five players scoring in double-figures and is one of the top defensive teams in college basketball, giving the Huskies an edge over an Alabama team that struggles defensively. The Crimson Tide have allowed at least 89 points in three of their four games during the NCAA Tournament and are in the Final Four for the first time in school history. They lack the defense and experience to contend with a powerhouse like UConn. See the rest of the experts’ college basketball score projections here.
How to get Final Four picks, score projections
SportsLine’s team of experts have locked in their exact score projections for the 2024 NCAA Tournament Final Four. They include a prediction that one team will create “potentially tricky scenarios” for their opponent, while one says a game will be much closer than anticipated. You can only see four experts’ Final Four score predictions for the 2024 NCAA Tournament at SportsLine.
So which college basketball picks can you make with confidence, and which team is a must-back? Check out the latest college basketball odds below, then visit SportsLine to see exact college basketball score projections for the Final Four, all from a proven team of profitable college basketball experts.
2024 Final Four odds, spreads, lines, schedule
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Saturday, April 6
No. 1 Purdue vs. No. 11 NC State (+8.5, 146)
6:09 p.m. ET
No. 1 UConn vs. No. 4 Alabama (+11.5, 161.5)
8:49 p.m. ET


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