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The 2024 NCAA Tournament Championship Game takes place on Monday, April 8. Two top seeds, the Connecticut Huskies and Purdue Boilermakers, will meet for the national title. The Championship Game will take place at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on Monday Night with a start time of 9:20 p.m. Eastern Time on TBS. The Huskies are listed as a 6.5-point favorite with a total of 146. Connecticut is -281 on the money line, while the Boilermakers are +240. Connecticut is the defending NCAA Tournament champions and they have continued that roll, as they have won their past 11 NCAA Tournament games going back to last season, winning by an average margin of 22 points per game.  Purdue has also been impressive and they are led by one of the top players in the country in Zach Edey.

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2024 NCAA Tournament Championship Game

Monday, April 8 – State Farm Stadium – Glendale, Arizona

Purdue Boilermakers +6.5

Connecticut Huskies -6.5

Total: 146

Money Line: Purdue +234, Connecticut -285

Monday’s national title game is expected to come down to a battle of big men. Purdue has the unstoppable Zach Edey, who is the first player in at least 50 years to have at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in six straight NCAA Tournament games. Connecticut has Donovan Clingan who is probably the best big man that Edey will have faced all season. Edey had five turnovers against NC State when the Wolfpack collapsed their defense against him and UConn may try a similar strategy. The Huskies may also decide to just led Clingan match up against Edey one-on-one and completely shut down Purdue’s three-point shooting.

Connecticut is looking to become the first team to win back-to-back titles since Florida in 2006-2007. The Huskies can tie North Carolina for the third-most NCAA titles of all-time, behind UCLA and Kentucky. Purdue will be looking to win their first national title. The Big Ten is looking for their first title since Michigan State won it all in 2000.

Purdue is led by Zach Edey but Lance Jones has been important to the Boilermakers. He had 14 points in the Final Four win against NC State and played good defense on the Wolfpack's leading scorer, DJ Horne. Braden Smith is also a key player, as he averages 7.5 assists and he is second on the team in points and rebounds with 12.2 PPG and 5.8 RPG.

Donovan Clingan is the star for UConn but other players have been very important to the Huskies. Stephon Castle has gotten better all season and he has scored in double digits in three of the five NCAA Tournament games. Cam Spencer is the three-point shooter, as he is shooting 44% from three-point range and has made over 90 threes this season.

Connecticut is 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games and somewhat surprisingly, just one of their last 10 games hast gone over the total. Purdue is 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games with four of the 10 going over the total. Connecticut is 18-7 ATS when they score 69 points or more.

NCAA Tournament History

The NCAA Tournament began in 1939, growing in size and stature over the years. The first tournament consisted of eight teams, and the format remained unchanged until 1951, when the field was doubled to 16. The number of participating schools doubled again to 32 in 1975 and reached 64 in 1985.

Now, there are slots for 68 of the best D-I college basketball squads in America. There are 32 spaces reserved for automatic qualifiers – teams that win their end-of-the-season conference tournament. The selection committee picks the other 36 teams as at-large entrants based on their overall record, RPI, net rating, and other factors.

We may see another big change coming to March Madness in the very near future. The NCAA Transformation Committee recommended expanding the number of teams in the NCAA Tournament to accommodate the growing number of Division I teams in the country. There are now more than 350 Division I college basketball teams, and the committee wants to guarantee that at least a quarter of those programs can potentially make the NCAA Tournament. That could mean an expansion to a 96-team March Madness in as little as two years.

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National Championship Games (2000)

2024 Connecticut Purdue State Farm Stadium
2023 Connecticut San Diego State NRG Stadium
2022 Kansas North Carolina Caesars Superdome
2021 Baylor Gonzaga Lucas Oil Stadium
2020 Event Canceled
2019 Virginia Texas Tech U.S. Bank Stadium
2018 Villanova Michigan Alamodome
2017 North Carolina Gonzaga University of Phoenix Stadium
2016 Villanova North Carolina NRG Stadium
2015 Duke Wisconsin Lucas Oil Stadium
2014 Connecticut Kentucky AT&T Stadium
2013 Louisville Michigan Georgia Dome
2012 Kentucky Kansas Mercedes-Benz Superdome
2011 Connecticut Butler Reliant Stadium
2010 Duke Butler Lucas Oil Stadium
2009 North Carolina Michigan State Ford Field
2008 Kansas Memphis Alamodome
2007 Florida Ohio State Georgia Dome
2006 Florida UCLA RCA Dome
2005 North Carolina Illinois Edward Jones Dome
2004 Connecticut Georgia Tech Alamodome
2003 Syracuse Kansas Louisiana Superdome
2002 Maryland Indiana Georgia Dome
2001 Duke Arizona Metrodome
2000 Michigan State Florida RCA Dome

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