On Saturday we saw something special in Notre Dame's Edmund P. Joyce Center. The No. 11 Louisville Cardinals took on the No. 25 Notre Dame Fighting Irish in what was ESPN's featured College GameDay matchup.
As part of the planned excitement for College GameDay, State Farm Insurance sponsored a contest in which Notre Dame Senior Casey Murdock was given the opportunity to win $18,000. To win, all he needed to do was make a single half-court shot over a span of 18 seconds.
While many people would say that this is more than enough time to sink a half-court shot, the truth is only three people have won the prize in the history of the contest. Murdock defied the odds and sank the second shot he took, sending the entire stadium into a frenzy.
As you can see in the video below, he is swarmed by the Notre Dame basketball team, and the fans in the stands just go berserk.
Congratulations to Casey Murdock, who after taxes is now able to pay about 1/3 of his tuition and fees for a semester at Notre Dame.
Now, on to the game. Jerian Grant of the Irish hit a big three-pointer with 26 seconds remaining to cut the Cardinals lead to three. On the other end of the floor, missed free-throws gave the Irish the ball back with 25.1 seconds to go. Who else to get the ball than Jerian Grant?
Grant took it coast-to-coast for two points and a foul which lead to a three-point play and eventually overtime with the score at 60-60. The Cardinals had multiple chances to win the game, but the Irish just wouldn't go away, and eventually pulled off the upset with a final score of 104-101. See a quick recap below.
An $18,000 shot, five overtimes and an upset between two top-25 teams? To answer my own question: no, it does not get any better.
Thanks to The Scoop for the video links.