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St. Johns boosts its 2025 championship chances after adding Kadary Richmond
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St. Johns boosts its 2025 championship chances after adding Kadary Richmond

After losing in the NCAA tournament, St John’s is reloading with a vengeance in preparation for the upcoming season.

Rick Pitino’s team is now 40/1 to win the 2025 national championship after two major portal additions, halved from the 80/1 odds they started with.

St. Johns is tied with Michigan State and fellow Big East squad Creighton for the 16th-best odds and only slightly higher than Kentucky (35/1) and national runner-up Purdue (30/1).

UConn is tied with Kanasas for favored status at BetMGM, each at 10/1.

St. John’s big shift is thanks to two key Portal additions: Seton Hall star Kadary Richmond and Utah guard Deivon Smith.

Pitino went to X and called it a “dream backcourt‘after adding the experienced players.

This addition to an already strong roster of returning players should position St. John’s as one of the top contenders in the Big East behind presumptive favorite Connecticut, the back-to-back national champions.

If Caesars Sportsbook is any indicator, St John’s could be the conference’s No. 2 team, as it has the best second odds among Big East teams to win the NCAA Tournament (50/1), with Creighton higher at 60 /1.

Marquette is 50/1 on BetMGM and has the fourth-best odds of any Big East team.


Kadary Richmond is heading to the Red Storm.
Kadary Richmond has joined the Red Storm. Getty Images

2025 NCAA college basketball national championship odds

Team Chances
Kansas 10/1
UConn 10/1
Duke 11/1
Houston 16/1
North Carolina 18/1
Alabama 18/1
Baylor 20/1
Arizona 22/1
Gonzaga 22/1
The state of Iowa 25/1
Purdue 30/1
Chestnut brown 30/1
Arkansas 30/1
Kentucky 35/1
Tennessee 35/1
State of Michigan 40/1
St. John’s 40/1
Creighton 40/1
Odds provided by BetMGM

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Richmond was the No. 1 available player on the transfer rankings when he entered the portal in late April.

He dropped 21 points and 13 rebounds in Seton Hall’s NIT championship game victory over Indiana State.

St. John’s is the third team for Richmond, with the big guard also spending a year at Syracuse in 2020-21.