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Purdue vs UConn Odds – Opening Spread, Total & Moneyline for National Championship Game

Sascha Paruk

by Sascha Paruk in College Basketball

Updated Apr 8, 2024 · 7:10 PM PDT

Purdue Boilermakers center Zach Edey blocks a shot from North Carolina State Wolfpack guard Jayden Taylor
Apr 6, 2024; Glendale, AZ, USA; Purdue Boilermakers center Zach Edey (15) blocks the shot of North Carolina State Wolfpack guard Jayden Taylor (1) during the second half in the semifinals of the men's Final Four of the 2024 NCAA Tournament at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
  • The Purdue Boilermakers and UConn Huskies will square off for the 2024 national championship
  • The reigning-champion Huskies are favored in the opening Purdue vs UConn odds
  • See the UConn vs Purdue point spread, game total, and moneyline odds for Monday’s game in Glendale, AZ

Midwest Region #1 Purdue (34-4, 21-15-2 ATS) will meet East Region #1 UConn (35-3, 26-12 ATS) in the final of the 2024 NCAA Tournament on Monday, April 8, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Both teams are 5-0 against the spread during their March Madness runs. Oddsmakers have listed the reigning-champion UConn Huskies as 5.5-point favorites for the national championship game.

Purdue vs UConn Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Purdue Boilermakers +5.5  (-120) +198 O 148.5 (-110)
UConn Huskies -5.5 (-100) -245 U 148.5 (-110)

The Huskies are -245 on the moneyline to become the first back-to-back champions since 2007 Florida. Purdue has opened as a +198 underdog to win its first-ever NCAA Tournament title.

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Purdue was a +693 bet in the March Madness championship odds after Selection Sunday while UConn was the +376 favorite (and entered the Final Four at -205).

Boilermakers Distance Wolfpack in Final Four

Purdue wasn’t able to shake NC State in the first half, taking a six-point lead into the break, but the Boilermakers stretched it to double-figures just two minutes into the second half and were never seriously threatened during the final 18 minutes.

The lead grew to as many as 20 (63-43) before a late NC State run cut the final deficit to 63-50. Zach Edey, who had scored at least 23 points in the first four rounds of the tournament, was held to “just” 20 on 9-of-13 shooting from the field, along with 12 rebounds, four assists, and two blocks.

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As Edey’s supporting cast has done (almost) all season, Purdue’s guards were efficient from three, going 10-of-25 (40%). They enter the title game with the second-best three-point percentage as a team (40.6%).

With a 13-point victory as 9.5-point chalk, the Boilermakers are now 5-0 against the spread in the NCAA Tournament.  Their smallest margin of victory (six points) came in a 72-66 Elite Eight win over #2 Tennessee as three-point favorites.

UConn Overcomes Stiff Test from Alabama

While the final score (86-72) didn’t reflect it, the Huskies found themselves tested by the Crimson Tide as much as they have been in either of the last two NCAA Tournaments. Mark Sears and #4 Alabama went punch-for-punch with UConn in the first half, which saw the Huskies hold a 44-40 lead at the break.

But UConn’s size and depth proved too much down the stretch. Freshman Stephon Castle finished with a team-high 21 points while UConn as a team was +8 on the glass (35-27), helping overcome an 11-of-23 (48%) performance from beyond the arc by Alabama. All five UConn starters scored at least 12 points and they shot 50% from the field.

UConn hardly had to break a sweat before the Alabama game. They cruised past #3 Illinois 77-52 in the Elite Eight – a game that featured a 30-0 Husky run that spanned halftime – and had a 27.8-point average margin of victory through the first four rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

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As they did at the start of the NCAA Tournament, UConn rates first in overall efficiency at KenPom. While Purdue moved past Houston into second after the NC State game, the gap between the teams is relatively massive. UConn’s adjusted-efficiency margin of +35.25 is nearly four points higher than the Boilermakers (+31.31). It’s also more than five points higher than any team in the nation over the last three seasons.

Monday’s national championship game is scheduled to start at 9:20 pm ET at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

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