CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WRIC) — University of Virginia student Angus Binnie beat the odds to win $18,000 after draining a half-court shot on national television.
ESPN’s national pre-game show College Gameday set up shop in John Paul Jones Arena Saturday to preview the day’s schedule of match-ups. It is the third time in the school’s history the program has come to Charlottesville.
During each show, they provide a student in the stands an opportunity to make a half-court shot and win $18,000.
That’s what Virginia Cavaliers students Tyler Lewis and Andrew Board accomplished in 2015 and 2016. The question this Saturday was, could the ‘Hoos defy the odds and make it three-for-three?
After making back-to-back half court shots, Univ. of Virginia statistical professor Rebecca Hehn determined the odds of that happening were one in 10,000. That is already a more than the 5,000 to one odds that Leicester City would win the English Premier League in 2016.
For the Cavaliers students to make their third in a row, the odds multiply exponentially: one in 1,000,000.
The No. 2 Cavaliers (23-1) host their rivals from Blacksburg at 6:15 p.m.