2024 NCAA Championship Game Predictions: UConn vs. Purdue Expert Picks, Odds, March Madness Bracket

The highly anticipated 2024 NCAA Tournament has at last arrived at its pinnacle moment of the season.

Since its inception on Selection Sunday, the 68-team bracket has nearly exhausted itself, as only two teams remain in contention for the national championship on Monday.

UConn, ranked first, faces Purdue, ranked first, in an attempt to tie with Florida (2006-07) for the most consecutive national championships.

Purdue, ranked first, is vying to become the first program in NCAA Tournament history to fall to a No. 16 seed in one year, only to rebound and claim the championship the following year (Virginia, 2019).

UConn has been on a rampage in the NCAA Tournament for the past two postseasons, securing 11 consecutive victories in a dominant fashion. Since March 15, it has not lost by fewer than 14 points, giving it a chance to join the pantheon of all-time best teams with a victory on Monday.

Purdue has also cruised through this tournament with victories in the double digits in all but one contest, which it defeated No. 2 seed Tennessee 72-66.

In their history, the Huskies have a perfect 5-0 record in appearances for the championship game. In contrast, the Boilermakers have made it to the round of the round only twice, failing in 1969.

On Monday, UConn is the heavy favorite to capture the championship and maintain its incredible run. Nonetheless, Purdue possesses considerable strength and potential to overcome the spread despite failing to secure a victory.

The CBS Sports staff has provided their straight-up and against the spread forecasts for the game below. Contrary to last year, when it was universally predicted that UConn would defeat San Diego State, opinions are divided this year.

March Madness will be fully covered on CBS Sports throughout the final day of the NCAA Tournament, as the Final Four draws to a close and a national champion is crowned.