University sophomore Nibir Sarma moves on to semifinals of Jeopardy! College Championship

Sarma competes Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. on KARE 11 (NBC).

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

Hailee Schievelbein

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

by Frankie Carlson

Update: Nibir Sarma is moving on to the Jeopardy! College Championship finals to take his shot at the $100k grand prize. He dominated his semifinal round on Tuesday, taking on opponents from the University of Mississippi and Hendrix College. Sarma finished with $26,801, nearly double the points of the runner up in his round. Out of the original 15 contestants, Sarma has secured one of the final three spots in the championship. Sarma will face off against Indiana University student Tyler Combs this Thursday and Friday, April 16 and 17, at 4:30 p.m. on KARE 11.

University of Minnesota student Nibir Sarma is moving on to the second round of the Jeopardy! College Championship after clinching one of the four wildcard spots. His semifinal round will air Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. on KARE 11 (NBC). Viewers outside the Twin Cities can check local listings or visit

Sarma‚Äôs quarterfinal episode aired Friday, April 10 as he went up against Tyler Combs from Indiana University and Natalie Hathcote from Liberty University. Sarma made it through the first round of the tournament with a Hail Mary play. On the final question, Combs held a sizable lead with $20,200, while Sarma trailed in third place with $9,700, only $100 behind Hathcote. With the final prompt on the board, the three contestants had to write their answers. 

As host Alex Trebek looked over their responses, Trebek revealed that the only contestant to answer correctly was Sarma, who was smiling cheek to cheek. Winning that question vaulted Sarma up to $18,448 and secured him the fourth wildcard spot.