November 13, 2012

Kentucky wins after tiebreaker in fierce Biz Quiz nail-biter

There were multiple tied-scores, tie-breakers rounds and just a single-point separating the top business schools competing in this year’s Fisher Biz Quiz National Challenge.

Student teams from 18 universities came to campus from every corner of the nation to be tested on their knowledge of current business events in the news.

The competing undergraduate teams were quizzed on articles that appeared in The Wall Street Journal from September 25 through November 6, 2012. The final round of competition was moderated by Krishnan Anantharaman, managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition.

The seventh annual Fisher Biz Quiz National Challenge, which kicked off with social activities on Friday, Nov. 9, ended Sunday with the University of Kentucky team taking home the winners’ trophy. University of North Carolina placed second, and Texas A&M University finished third. The individual written competition team award went to University of North Carolina, second-place winner. Fisher’s team made it to the top-ten, but did not compete in semi-final rounds.

“This was the first time in the seven-year history of Biz Quiz that we had to hold tie-breakers during the early rounds and in the final,” said Jacqueline Elcik, executive director of the Undergraduate Programs and Advising Office. “The competition was extremely fierce and intense.”

Kentucky and North Carolina were tied at the end of the third round, and North Carolina edged past Kentucky by one point in the semifinals.

Teams making it to the final round of the competition participated in a Jeopardy–style format, complete with game show buzzers and Anantharaman acting as quiz-master emcee. The final round ended with both teams tied again and another tie-breaker during the finals to determine a winner.

This year, several teams employed innovative strategies to prepare for competition, including enlisting the help of Biz Quiz alumni as student coaches along with faculty and mock-competitions were held at home schools, Elcik said. “You could tell during the social get-togethers on Friday that the teams came fired up and ready to compete.”