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Tuesday / August 4.
  • Roberts Coaching Johnnies Into Postseason; Rejected by NCAA, Gonzo Accepts NIT Bid

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    Norm Roberts is still the head men’s basketball coach at St. John’s University and could be through at least April 1, the date of the NIT championship game at Madison Square Garden.

    St. John’s (17-15) on Sunday night was invited to the NIT as a No. 6 seed and will open play Wednesday against No. 3 Memphis (23-9) at the FedEx Forum (ESPN2, 9 p.m.).

    Five Big East teams are in the NIT — St. John’s, Seton Hall, UConn, Cincinnati and South Florida — and have a chance to reach the event’s Final Four at the Garden March 30. Eight more Big East teams were earlier selected to the NCAA tournament, giving the league 13 of its 16 teams postseason opportunities.

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    **Rejected by NCAA, Gonzo accepts NIT bid. Read the story here.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.