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Early Las Vegas betting lines don’t include St. John’s

You can place bets on eight Big East teams to win the NCAA Tournament in 2018. But not the Johnnies.

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Every year, we have fun looking at the odds that the Las Vegas betting houses lay down for Big East teams to win the NCAA Basketball Championship (and we are sure, some people love to lay down bets too. We don’t judge what you do with your money!)...

But this year, we see something interesting: Las vegas doesn’t know St. John’s picked to finish in the lower-middle of the conference, is there.

Indeed, on, you can’t lay a bet on St. John's winning the NCAA Championship!


Especially since you can put money on Georgetown, Northern Iowa and Pittsburgh. (Not shown, because it is terribly long.)

But also of interest is how perceptions of other Big East teams have changed in the offseason, since the first betting lines came out in April.

Villanova’s odds have gotten twice as long, from 14 to 1 to 28 to 1. In fact, every Big East team’s odds have gone down, as Duke and Missouri landed one-and-done talents...

Every team except Georgetown.

We actually are assuming this is some kind of typo. A cruel, sad, divorced-from-reality typo.

Big East odds of winning NCAA Championship via Bovada

Big East Program 4/5/2017 4/14/2017 8/22/2017 10/19/2017
Big East Program 4/5/2017 4/14/2017 8/22/2017 10/19/2017
Villanova 14/1 14/1 28/1 28/1
Butler 28/1 28/1 50/1 66/1
Xavier 66/1 75/1 66/1 75/1
Creighton 75/1 75/1 100/1 100/1
Seton Hall 50/1 66/1 100/1 100/1
Georgetown 150/1 150/1 150/1 150/1
Marquette 100/1 100/1 150/1 150/1
Providence 150/1 200/1 250/1 250/1
Odds of winning 2018 NCAA Championship Norman Rose