If you were wondering, St. John’s actually rates on the bookmakers’ opening odds to win the national title in men’s hoops next season, one of five teams that popped up on Bovada’s list.
For what it’s worth, Villanova has far and away the best odds to win (8/1), and St. John’s is lumped in as part of a surprising quartet with 80/1 odds, which includes Butler, Seton Hall and Xavier.
Missing, because a lot of senior talent is leaving: Providence, but expect them to surprise with incoming young talent. Seton Hall should, logically, be in that same group; the only returnees who were a big part of the rotation are Myles Powell and Myles Cale, with Michael Nzei a possible returnee.
Curiously missing: Creighton and Marquette. Both teams bring back a bunch of young talent. Not curious, but also missing: Georgetown and DePaul.
It’s early still, and teams are still recruiting grad transfers that could fill in big holes and freshmen who could move the needle slightly.
Vegas college basketball title odds for 2019, 4/4