Purdue vs UConn NCAA national championship game live updates, score

No. 1 seed Purdue and No. 1 seed UConn play Monday, April 8 in the NCAA National Championship Game at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, the culminating game of the 2024 Men’s NCAA Tournament.

Purdue defeated No. 11 seed NC State in the Final Four on Saturday, 63-50. UConn beat No. 4 seed Alabama, 86-72.

UConn is a 6.5-point favorite in the game in March Madness odds provided by BetMGM Sportsbook. The Huskies are -275 on the moneyline. The Boilermakers are +230. The over/under for the game is set at 144.5 points.

Follow our live Purdue Boilermakers vs. UConn Huskies national championship game coverage for the latest news, score, updates and analysis from the national final contest.

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UConn owns a 36-30 lead, having closed the half by outscoring Purdue 15-7.

The Boilermakers hadn’t scored in nearly 2½ minutes heading into the break.

Zach Edey has 16 points on 7-for-12 shooting, five rebounds and three blocks to lead Purdue. Braden Smith has nine points, but nobody else has hit more than a single bucket.

Tristen Newton has 11 points to lead UConn. Cam Spencer, Donovan Clingan and Hassan Diarra each have seven.

The game has featured eight ties and five lead changes, with the Huskies leading the way for more than 12 minutes. UConn has a slight 16-15 edge in rebounds and 20-18 edge in points in the paint. 

Teresa Meadows is a fan of San Diego State, but still traveled to the Glendale for the Final Four. She and her husband have made a tradition of going to the Final Four for 12 years because they are huge basketball fans. They have lucked out by winning a lottery to the event every year.“We just have a good time. We love the energy of college basketball.”She said the environment this year has been a little quieter compared to other years but thought Monday would have a good showing.“It’s a little quieter this year, not as energetic until today. Then you went through WestGate and it was a big party between Purdue and UConn.”

— Dylan Wickman 

UConn has opened a 30-25 lead, its largest of the game, with just under four minutes to play in the first half, taking advantage of Purdue making just one of its last seven shots.

Zach Edey has 16 points and five rebounds for the Boilermakers.

Tristen Newton has nine points to lead UConn, which is spreading the ball around well, with Cam Spencer, Donovan Clingan and Hassan Diarra each contributing seven points.

UConn and Purdue are tied 23-23 with just under 7 minutes remaining in the first half.

Edey has 14 points on 6-for-8 shooting, three rebounds and three blocks to lead Purdue and is thoroughly dominating the matchup with Donovan Clingan, who has been limited to two points, two rebounds and one block.

Tristen Newton and Cam Spencer have seven points apiece for UConn.

Purdue big man Zach Edey delivered a two-handed dunk, and back-to-back blocks, then hit a pair of jumpers and a free throw to knot the score at 16.

He has 11 points on 5-for-7 shooting.

Cam Spencer has seven points to lead UConn. Tristen Newton has five. 

Spencer has seven points on 3-for-3 shooting to lead the Huskies. Zach Edey has four points to lead the Boilermakers.

Both teams are shooting 57% from the field and are perfect from the foul line. There have been three lead changes and three ties.


2 Fletcher Loyer, So; 3 Braden Smith, So.; 4 Trey Kaufman-Renn, So.; 15 Zach Edey, Sr.; 55 Lance Jones, 5th Yr Sr


2 Tristen Newton, Gr.; 5 Stephon Castle, Fr.; 11 Alex Karaban, So.; 12 Cam Spencer, Gr.; 32 Donovan Clingan, So


Fans get ready for NCAA championship game at State Farm Stadium

Fans brought the color and excitement of a great college atmosphere to the NCAA men’s basketball championship game at State Farm Stadium in Glendale.

Chris Blaney, also known as “The Mackey Mad Man,” claimed Monday evening to be the biggest Purdue fan of all time. He dawned a Purdue flag draped down his back, a golden belt, with his face painted black and gold. About 12 years ago, Blaney used to run the Paint Crew, Purdue’s official student section for the university’s men’s basketball team. Today, the organization brings nearly 3,000 passionate members to cheer on at home games within the Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Indiana. 

He said a national championship is probably the most exciting thing he could imagine happening to him.“I’m single without any prospects, and I say that just because I feel like this is how a female would feel on her wedding day. I think those are the emotions running through my veins at the moment.”He hopes to lead Purdue’s crowd one more time to victory and predicts a six-point win for the Boilermakers.

— Dylan Wickman 

How to watch Purdue vs. UConn in National Championship Game

When: Monday, 6:20 p.m. Pacific time (9:20 p.m. ET)

Where: State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

TV channels: TBS/TNT/truTV 

Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play) Bill Raftery and Grant Hill (analysts), Tracy Wolfson (reporter)

Streaming: Sling TV

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