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2017 Men's Basketball Championship odds have St. John's as a longshot

Well, at least they're on the board, unlike three other Big East squads.

What are the odds Jay Wright returns to the winner's dais next season?
What are the odds Jay Wright returns to the winner's dais next season?
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Vegas is often smart about which teams have a realistic chance to win the championship; and in those odds are some ideas about how common wisdom will consider teams going into next year. Yes, there are still recruits out there, but few game-changing players are deciding this late.

With that in mind, the odds for next year's NCAA Men's Basketball winner are in a table below, thanks to bovada.lv, in case you were interested. St. John's opens with 300/1 odds to win the championship next year. The Red Storm were 100/1 coming into this season (really? Why?).

Next season Vegas sees the Johnnies as having a better chance than Creighton, Providence (!) and DePaul, so there's that.

The Johnnies will have a fairly young team next season, with only Bashir Ahmed and Darien Williams in the junior or senior class. The player with the longest experience in Division I will be Tennessee transfer Tariq Owens, who redshirted last year.

Here are the Big East teams by odds; imagine this as an early attempt to rank the teams nationally and within the conference, with the last three teams in unknown positions...

Team Odds OddsRank
Villanova 8/1 3
Xavier 25/1 13
Seton Hall 50/1 21
Butler 100/1 34
Georgetown 150/1 46
Marquette 250/1 64
St. John's 300/1 73
Creighton Off Board
DePaul Off Board
Providence Off Board

St. John's at seventh would mean the oddsmakers feel the Johnnies have a chance to be much better. Though Providence's position, with Ben Bentil likely returning, is a surprise. It could be that Providence is only predicted to be a nudge worse than St. John's - we don't know yet.

Villanova is given the third-best odds of winning the title. Below, the table compares this year's odds with the odds from last year at around this time.

Odds by Team, Men's Basketball '17 vs '16
2017 Champ Odds, as of April 2016
2016 Champ Odds, as of April 2015
Team Odds
Team
Odds
Duke 9/2
Duke
16/1
Kentucky 6/1
Kentucky
8/1
Villanova 8/1
Villanova
25/1
Kansas 10/1
Kansas
16/1
Louisville 10/1
Louisville
33/1
Michigan State 12/1
Michigan State
20/1
North Carolina 12/1
North Carolina
6/1
Indiana 20/1
Indiana
25/1
Oregon 20/1
Oregon
66/1
Virginia 20/1
Virginia
12/1
Arizona 22/1
Arizona
25/1
Wisconsin 25/1
Wisconsin
33/1
Xavier 25/1
Xavier
66/1
West Virginia 28/1
West Virginia
66/1
Connecticut 33/1
Connecticut
75/1
Maryland 33/1
Maryland
12/1
Purdue 33/1
Purdue
66/1
Iowa State 40/1
Iowa State
18/1
Miami FL 40/1
Miami FL
40/1
Oklahoma 50/1
Oklahoma
25/1
Seton Hall 50/1
Seton Hall
200/1
Syracuse 50/1
Syracuse
66/1
Texas 50/1
Texas
50/1
Baylor 60/1
Baylor
40/1
Gonzaga 66/1
Gonzaga
25/1
Michigan 66/1
Michigan
50/1
Texas A&M 66/1
Texas A&M
50/1
UCLA 66/1
UCLA
50/1
Wichita State 66/1
Wichita State
50/1
Florida 75/1
Florida
50/1
Iowa 75/1
Iowa
100/1
SMU 75/1
SMU
50/1
Arizona State 100/1
Arizona State
200/1
Butler 100/1
Butler
40/1
California 100/1
California
100/1
Cinncinnati 100/1
Cincinnati
75/1
LSU 100/1
LSU
50/1
Mississippi State 100/1
Mississippi State
Off Board
Notre Dame 100/1
Notre Dame
33/1
Ohio State 100/1
Ohio State
50/1
Vanderbilt 100/1
Vanderbilt
100/1
BYU 150/1
BYU
200/1
Colorado 150/1
Colorado
150/1
Dayton 150/1
Dayton
50/1
Florida State 150/1
Florida State
50/1
Georgetown 150/1
Georgetown
75/1
USC 150/1
USC
300/1
VCU 150/1
VCU
66/1
San Diego State 200/1
San Diego State
100/1
South Carolina 200/1
South Carolina
300/1
St. Mary's CA 200/1
St. Mary's CA
Off Board
Tennessee 200/1
Tennessee
150/1
UNLV 200/1
UNLV
200/1
Alabama 250/1
Alabama
200/1
Arkansas 250/1
Arkansas
33/1
Auburn 250/1
Auburn
300/1
Boise State 250/1
Boise State
Off Board
Clemson 250/1
Clemson
200/1
Colorado State 250/1
Colorado State
150/1
Georgia 250/1
Georgia
75/1
Georgia Tech 250/1
Georgia Tech
200/1
Illinois 250/1
Illinois
100/1
Kansas State 250/1
Kansas State
150/1
Marquette 250/1
Marquette
100/1
Memphis 250/1
Memphis
200/1
Minnesota 250/1
Minnesota
100/1
Mississippi 250/1
Mississippi
100/1
Oklahoma State 250/1
Oklahoma State
200/1
Oregon State 250/1
Oregon State
Off Board
Pittsburgh 250/1
Pittsburgh
100/1
Missouri 300/1
Missouri
100/1
Nebraska 300/1
Nebraska
200/1
St. John's 300/1
St. John's
100/1
Stanford 300/1
Stanford
150/1
Virginia Tech 300/1
Virginia Tech
300/1
Wake Forest 300/1
Wake Forest
300/1
Massachusetts 500/1
Massachusetts
300/1
Penn State 500/1
Penn State
300/1
St. Joseph's 500/1
St. Joseph's
300/1
Temple 500/1
Temple
200/1
Washington 500/1
Washington
200/1
Boston College 1000/1
Boston College
300/1
TCU 1000/1
TCU
Off Board
Washington State 1000/1
Washington State
Off Board
Creighton Off Board
Creighton
200/1
DePaul Off Board
DePaul
300/1
George Washington Off Board
George Washington
200/1
Harvard Off Board
Harvard
200/1
LaSalle Off Board
LaSalle
300/1
Murray State Off Board
Murray State
300/1
NC State Off Board
NC State
33/1
New Mexico Off Board
New Mexico
200/1
Northern Iowa Off Board
Northern Iowa
66/1
Providence Off Board
Providence
100/1
Richmond Off Board
Richmond
300/1
St. Louis Off Board
St. Louis
200/1
Texas Tech Off Board
Texas Tech
300/1
Utah Off Board
Utah
50/1