Apparently, making the half-court shot during ESPN’s “GameDay” is now tradition at Virginia.
For the second year in a row, a Virginia student won $18,000 by nailing the half-court shot promotion that usually closes out the pregame show. This year, it was senior Andrew Board, a economics and media studies double-major from Ashburn, Va., who wowed the crowd by making the shot on his first attempt.
“I guess there’s something in the water,” Board said. “Back in high school, I was the 15th man on my team, so I shot a lot half-court shots in practice. I guess that paid off.”
The senior earned the chance to participate in the promotion, which is presented by the contest sponsor State Farm, by responding to the call for participants Virginia Athletics posted on their Snapchat account. He tried out to be the one student participant during the actual show Saturday morning, before the broadcast began, got some advice from “GameDay” analyst Jay Williams before just before he shot, and let fly.
“I didn’t really see it go in… but I shot it, paused for a second, looked back at him and started getting hugged,” Board said. “It was absurd.”
Board said he’ll give some of the money back to his mom, who’s helping him pay for college. She’s the real MVP.
No. 3 Virginia hosted ESPN’s “College GameDay” before its 6:30 p.m. game against No. 7 North Carolina.