The postseason success of Baylor University’s men’s basketball team allowed three Baylor students to compete in a new ESPN quiz show for the 16 schools remaining in the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament.
Marketing senior Kat Largent, of Spring; University Scholar senior Daniel Notman, of Miami, Florida; and secondary education senior Trevor Taylor, of San Antonio, will answer trivia questions covering history, literature, science, pop culture, sports and other topics on “Bracket Genius.”
The Baylor trio will face a team from the University of South Carolina on the show, which airs at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday on ESPN2. The winning team will share a $100,000 prize.
Baylor’s men’s basketball team faces South Carolina on Friday evening in New York City.
Largent, Notman and Taylor were nominated by their academic departments and selected by ESPN producers after an audition. Filming took place in Chicago.
Taylor said he would spend his portion of the prize on student loans and bills for his mother.
“I know a few (basketball players) personally, and I’m really excited to see them close out this year strong,” he said. “Watching the games, especially this past one against USC, has been thrilling because I sat there in hopes of them winning and us going to Chicago. But now I’m really excited to see them go all the way and bring Waco a national title.”
Largent said competing in the show has been “the cherry on top of the sundae that has been senior year.”
ESPN personality Trey Wingo, a 1985 Baylor graduate, hosts the show.
“Every March, college basketball fans are entertained by the athletic genius displayed by their favorite players on the game’s biggest stage,” intersport executive producer John Paquet wrote in a statement.
“The ‘Bracket Genius’ platform captures that excitement and provides fans yet another reason to cheer for their favorite college or university while celebrating academics and championing the everyday college student.”
Bonus-round episodes will air at 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday, according to a Baylor press release. The top-four teams will compete in the bonus rounds to win extra cash prizes of $25,000 per episode.
The championship competitions will air at 6 p.m. April 4.