TODAY   |  August 18, 2013

Watch freshman win free tuition with half-court shot

Incoming Ball State University freshman Markus Burden scored one year of free tuition, valued at $11,000, after he sunk a half-court shot. A yearly tradition, Burden has been the only student in the school’s history to actually succeed in making the shot. TODAY’s Jenna Wolfe reports.

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>>> back to your college freshman year, besides the 15 pounds that we all gained, two things stick out for a lot of us. it was a little bit of an awkward year. what? and a slightly expensive year. marcus avoided both with one half court basketball shot. the freshman nailed it earning him an entire semester of free tuition, $11,000, and no awkward counters with the older girls. he will be approaching for sophomore dances. i'm the one who made that half court shot, so do you want to go out with me?

>> still awkward.

>> you're right. ball state has been doing this for years and this is the first time anyone has made it.