Previewing and picking the men's National Championship game and Nuggets prospects

Purdue center Zach Edey (15) is defended by North Carolina State forward Ben Middlebrooks (34)
Purdue center Zach Edey (15) is defended by North Carolina State forward Ben Middlebrooks (34) / Cheryl Evans/The Republic / USA TODAY

The men’s national championship game will take place on Monday night in Phoenix, Arizona. This hasn’t been the most exciting tournament, lacking classic games, major upsets, and crazy endings, but we should get a doozy of a game and a matchup of Titans as these two teams have been widely considered the two best teams all season, the Purdue Boilermakers, and the Connecticut Huskies

For the Huskies, they’re seeking history as they look to win a second straight national championship. Purdue was trying to make a different kind of history. They were upset last year as a one seed by upstart 16 seed Farleigh Dickinson. They’re looking to erase that disaster and follow it up with their first national championship this season.

UConn is led by NBA prospects, Stephon Castle and Donovan Clingan. Both look like great NBA prospects; Castle on the perimeter and Clingan down low. Both would be great additions to the Nuggets next season, but will almost certainly be selected in the lottery.

The Boilermakers are led by two-time national player of the year Zach Edey. Edey at seven foot four, has been towering over the competition in college, but there is some doubt as to whether his game will translate to the NBA. With his size, he’ll definitely get drafted and could fall into range for the Nuggets. He could be an option for Denver as a backup to Nikola Jokic in the future.

National Title Game prediction

The game can be seen at 9:20 PM Eastern time on TBS, TNT, and truTV. It should be a fascinating game, but the Huskies are still pretty heavy favorites. They just have too much size too much depth, and too much talent, and Danny Hurley has emerged as one of the best coaches in the entire country

I think the boilermakers can hang around and keep things close for a while but ultimately the huskies will just be too much. I think they will pull away and end up winning this game by blowout on the road to their second street national championship.

The pick: UConn 76 - Purdue 59