Jan. 19, 2013
David Woods of the Indy Star, wrote the following story on College GameDay, live on the campus of Butler University, including the half-court shot made by Butler junior, Kevin Schwartz in his first attempt. (Cover photo Rob Goebel/The Star)
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GAMEDAY PHOTO GALLERY (Courtesy Rob Goebel/The Star)
BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTO GALLERY (Butler Sports)
INDIANPOLIS, Ind.- ESPN’s “College GameDay” adheres to a script. But not even a screenwriter would have dared to include a Butler Bulldog making a climactic halfcourt shot.
More than 3,000 fans, about half of them students, turned out Saturday morning at Hinkle Fieldhouse to provide a spirited backdrop for the basketball show. On a day when ESPN reprised themes from the movie “Hoosiers,” the show featured a Hollywood ending.
Kevin Schwartz, 21, a Butler junior from Oak Park, Ill., won a chance to shoot from halfcourt and earn $18,000. He had 18 seconds, but didn’t need that long.
He made it on the first try.
Where was he against Duke?
ESPN reported he broke an 0-of-32 streak by students on “GameDay.” Schwartz, wearing a red No. 1 jersey from State Farm, was the first in four years to make it and the first in the nine-year history of the show to do so on his first attempt.
No Butler fan can watch a halfcourt shot without remembering the one Gordon Hayward nearly made at the end of the 2010 NCAA championship game. The shot “almost went in,” as CBS announcer Jim Nantz exclaimed, and Duke won the national title, 61-59.
“I’ve always wanted to take a shot like that,” Schwartz said. “When you see the Butler highlights, the first thing you see is Gordon from halfcourt.”