March 10, 2006
NEW YORK -
St. John's head men's basketball coach Norm Roberts will be a part of CBS's Selection Sunday coverage, appearing live via streaming video on CBS.Sportsline.com at 7:30 p.m. Roberts joins CBS anchor Greg Gumbel and CBS Sportsline columnist Gregg Doyel to break down the Field of 65 after the official NCAA brackets are unveiled on Sunday night.
To view the show, log on to CBS.Sportsline.com on Sunday night and click on the link that reads "Road To The Final Four."
Roberts completed his second season on the Red Storm sidelines in 2005-06. His energy has revitalized the men's basketball program and has St. John's moving toward being a formidable competitor in the BIG EAST once again. The Red Storm amassed 12 victories in Roberts' second season, exceeding its win total from each of the last two years. St. John's five conference victories in 2005-06 surpassed the number of league wins from each of the past two seasons.
First-year accomplishments for Roberts and his staff in 2004-05 included victories over then No. 17 NC State, then No. 21 Pittsburgh and the championship of the 2004 Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden. Roberts and the Red Storm made it a perfect 2-for-2 in Holiday Festival titles this season, taking the 2005 championship by downing Columbia and UMass on Dec. 27 and 28.
Roberts-led St. John's teams have posted four victories over ranked opposition. The most notable wins of the Norm Roberts Era include St. John's victory over No. 9/9 Pittsburgh, where the Red Storm knocked off one of the nation's unbeaten teams on Jan. 21 at a game where the most prominent players and coaches in history were in attendance. In a win over No. 17/15 Louisville earlier that week on Jan. 17, it was a battle of New York City coaches where the Red Storm prevailed. St. John's brought the Garden faithful to its feet and had all of New York buzzing with its 68-56 victory at the World's Most Famous Arena.
Roberts earned national honors on Jan. 23, as he was named FOX Sports.com's NCAA coach of the week following the Louisville and Pitt victories.
Prior to his arrival at St. John's, Roberts made NCAA Tournament appearances as an assistant coach with Kansas, Illinois and Tulsa, including a trip to the Elite 8 with each of those schools.