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Alabama vs UConn Odds – Opening Point Spread, Moneyline & Total for Final Four

Sascha Paruk

by Sascha Paruk in College Basketball

Updated Mar 30, 2024 · 8:23 PM PDT

Connecticut Huskies center Donovan Clingan shrugs after scoring a basket
Mar 30, 2024; Boston, MA, USA; Connecticut Huskies center Donovan Clingan (32) reacts against the Illinois Fighting Illini in the finals of the East Regional of the 2024 NCAA Tournament at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
  • The #1 UConn Huskies have opened as big favorites over the #4 Alabama Crimson Tide in the Final Four
  • UConn has won each of its first four NCAA Tournament games by at least 17 points, and by an average of 27.8 PPG
  • See the opening Alabama vs UConn odds, including spread, total, and moneyline

The #1 UConn Huskies dominated another quality opponent on Saturday night at TD Garden in Boston when they blew out #3 Illinois 77-52 thanks to a 30-0 run that spanned halftime.

UConn is now two wins away from becoming the first back-to-back national champion in 17 years (2007 Florida), and oddsmakers aren’t terribly bullish on the Huskies’ Final Four opponent.

In the Final Four for the first time in school history, the #4 Alabama Crimson Tide punched their ticket to the national semifinals with an 89-82 win over #6 Clemson. Alabama was a 4.5-point underdog in its Sweet 16 victory over West #1 North Carolina, but it is staring down a much bigger spread against UConn in the Final Four.

Alabama vs UConn Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
 Alabama Crimson Tide +11.5 (-110) +440 O 161 (-110)
UConn Huskies -11.5 (-110) -600 U 161 (-110)

Dan Hurley’s Huskies have opened as 10.5-point favorites over Nate Oats’ Crimson Tide. The moneyline favors UConn at -600 with Alabama a +440 underdog to reach the national championship game.

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UConn paid out as a +110 pre-tournament favorite to reach the Final Four. Alabama bettors landed a much bigger payday; the Tide were a +1000 fourth-favorite to win the West Region after Selection Sunday.

UConn Dominantes Excellent Illinois Team

An explosive, athletic Illini team looked like it might have the horses to keep up with tournament-favorite UConn early in the teams’ Elite Eight matchup on Saturday night. But after the Illini tied the game at 23-23 with just over a minute left in the first half, the Huskies went on a ludicrous 30-0 run that spanned halftime.

That included scoring the first 25 points of the second stanza. Seven-foot-two sophomore center Donovan Clingan dominated with 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting plus 10 rebounds, five blocks, and and three steals.

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Four other Huskies finished in double-figures, but it was UConn’s stifling defense that was the true star. Illinois’ offense, which ranks second in efficiency and averages 84.2 PPG, was held to its lowest point total of the season while shooting just 25.4% from the field.

Terrence Shannon Jr, the third-leading scorer in all of DI (23.5 PPG), was held to just eight points on 2-of-12 shooting.

The win raised UConn’s overall efficiency rating at KenPom to +35.10, which is nearly four higher than #2 Houston and nearly six higher than their rating at the end of last year’s national-championship run.

Alabama Holds Off Clemson

In a thrilling battle between two schools looking for their first ever Final Four berths, Alabama held of Clemson for a 89-82 win on Saturday night at crypto.com Arena.

Leading scorer Mark Sears was as-advertised with 23 points on 8-of-18 shooting (7-of-14 from beyond the arc). Freshman forward Jarin Stevenson had a massive 19 points off the bench on a night when some of Alabama’s starters weren’t at their offensive best. Senior forward Nick Pringle had a game-high 11 rebounds. The Tide finished just 46% from the field but won the rebounding battle by a massive 40 to 28 margin to more than make up for it.

The Tide reached the Elite Eight with an 89-87 victory over #1 UNC on Thursday night. Senior center Grant Nelson starred in that victory with a team-high 24 points and 12 rebounds.

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Alabama now sits 13th overall in efficiency at KenPom and 14th at Haslametrics. KenPom has the Tide offense at #3 but their defense at 102nd.

Now 25-11 straight-up this season, the Tide improved their record against top-50 KenPom teams to 8-11 with Saturday’s win over Clemson, but they are just 2-6 against top-15 squads.

Alabama and Purdue will meet at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on Saturday, April 6. Tip-off time is still TBD.

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