Robotic hoopster at March Madness Experience

By Denise Jackson

March 8, 2012 Updated Mar 9, 2012 at 11:21 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- This weekend is a hoops frenzy at the Peoria Civic Center as the annual Illinois High School Association basketball tournament begins.

The March Madness Experience returned Thursday to kick off festivities. This year there's an added competition for fans participating in the basketball games. Students at Tremont High School have created a basketball shooting robot that is known for making between 30 to 50 consecutive shots.

Our newsroom team went up against the robot for some competition.

"We brought our prototype robot to March Madness here," said Tremont High staffer Tim Koch. "Even robots like to come to March Madness and we brought a robot to shoot a few basketballs and see how well it does."

It did quite well. Unfortunately, it did better than our team.

The cost for the Experience is just $2 or, if you have a ticket to one of the IHSA games, admission is free.

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