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

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The 2024 NCAA Tournament bracket has reached the Final Four, with multiple intriguing storylines set to play out. No. 4 seed Alabama is in the Final Four for the first time ever, but the Tide face top overall seed UConn, which is seeking back-to-back national championships. Meanwhile, No. 1 seed Purdue faces No. 11 seed NC State in the other semifinal. The Boilermakers are back in the Final Four for the first time since 1980 and are led by reigning Wooden Award winner Zach Edey. Saturday’s slate begins with Purdue vs. NC State at 6:09 p.m. ET in Phoenix, and the Boilermakers are 8.5-point favorites in the latest 2024 Final Four odds.

That game will be followed by UConn vs. Alabama at 8:49 p.m. ET, but which teams should you select with your 2024 NCAA Tournament Final Four picks? 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 established themselves as the favorites to cut down the nets, winning their first four games of the NCAA Tournament 2024 in blowout fashion to stay on track for a second consecutive national title. They used a 30-0 run to cruise past No. 3 seed Illinois in the Elite Eight, winning by 25 points despite a 3-of-17 mark from 3-point range. Sophomore center Donovan Clingan led the way with 22 points and 10 rebounds and will be a difficult matchup for an Alabama team that lacks a similar interior presence.

The Huskies have firepower at every position, with five players averaging double-figures this season. They have only lost one time since Christmas and have won their last 10 NCAA Tournament games by at least 13 points. Alabama went 2-7 against ranked opponents during the regular season, with four of those losses coming by double-digits.

“Alabama’s leaky defense has been just good enough to get by North Carolina and Clemson, but the Tide still allowed 169 points in those two games,” Casale told SportsLine. “If UConn scores 80+ they will be tough to beat, and the Huskies should reach that mark easily. Alabama has an elite offense, but the Huskies have an elite offense and defense. That will be the difference.” 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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