Experts Predictions for Saturday’s NCAA Final Four Games

NCAA Final Four expert picks

The UConn men’s basketball team has braved a challenging journey to Arizona, arriving at the Final Four in the early hours of Thursday morning. With high expectations on their shoulders, our panel of experts at USA TODAY is leaning towards UConn advancing to the national championship game.

As the top seed, UConn aims to achieve what hasn’t been done since the Florida Gators’ consecutive triumphs in 2006 and 2007. However, their first hurdle is Alabama, a team experiencing their inaugural Final Four appearance.

The upcoming matchups promise a showcase of talent, featuring standout players like Purdue’s Zach Edey and NC State’s DJ Burns Jr in the frontcourt, and skilled guards such as Connecticut’s Tristen Newton and Alabama’s Mark Sears. Jordan Mendoza’s insightful analysis delves into the pivotal role of X-factor players who could determine each team’s fate on the road to the championship.

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Saturday’s games, set in Glendale, Arizona, will kick off with North Carolina State facing Purdue at 6:09 p.m. TBS analysts Jordan Mendoza and Paul Myerberg favor Purdue, while Dan Wolken sees potential in NC State. Following that, UConn will clash with Alabama at 8:49 p.m., with both Mendoza and Myerberg tipping the scales in favor of UConn.

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