Having to bet aggressively in Final Jeopardy to win his Sports Jeopardy! appearance, Triton Basketball Head Coach Marc Popovich correctly answered that Charles Barkley, listed at 6-6 but actually 6-4, is the shortest player ever to lead the NBA in rebounding for a season. Pop's wager of 7,800 raised his points total to 21,050, just ahead of Eric Verbit from Houston, who wagered 10,499 on his correct answer for a total of 20,999. Neil Janowitz of Brooklyn was a distant third.
The Sports Jeopardy! episode featuring Coach Popovich first aired on December 24 on Crackle. It should remain available indefinitely. Click here to go to the Sports Jeopardy! site. Popovich's point total puts him in third place on the Sports Jeopardy! scoring list through 14 of 52 episodes. The top three scorers at the end of the season will compete for the grand championship and a prize of $50,000.
In his victory, Coach Popovich jumped out to an early lead, benefiting from the "Hoop It Up" category in single Jeopardy! He led 6,250 - 3,500 - 250 at the end of the first round. But Verbit rallied early in Double Jeopardy!, pulling ahead by as many as 2,500 points before Coach Popovich regained control late in the round. He led 13,250 - 10,500 - 7,750 going into Final Jeopardy! The difference in the match was that Popovich only had one incorrect answer during the entire game.
The episode featuring Coach Popovich was taped in August. He was selected from a pool of more than 30,000 contestants who registered online for auditions held in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas, Chicago and New York. From there, each contestant was presented with a qualifying test of 30 clues in 30 sports-related categories for the first phase of the audition process.
For those who passed that initial test, the second phase of auditions featured mock game play and a short interview. Qualified contestants who passed the test and interview and met all eligibility requirements went on to appear on the show.
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