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Peyton Dilweg and The Price Is Right host Drew Carey
March Madness may be but a memory now, but on Friday, Duke will once again face off against UNC in the glare of bright lights. But instead of a sports arena, the battle will take place in the TV studio where The Price Is Right
Representing Duke in the gameshow's upcoming "College Rivals" episode, set to air on CBS on Friday, March 31 at 11 a.m. EST, is Peyton Dilweg (of Chapel Hill—she's a rivalry of one!), while Dayci Brookshire will fight for UNC.
Though Dilweg is technically competing for material wealth, all the years of accrued antipathy between the two archrivals means that something huger than “cash and fabulous prizes,” something stronger than pride, will be on the line. By email from Los Angeles, where she is currently in a study-away program, Dilweg shared her thoughts on prepping for the big game and what she’d do in the event of a big win.
INDY: How deep is your connection to The Price Is Right? Did you watch as a kid?
I used to watch the show a lot my freshman year back when I rowed because I'd have to go into physical therapy every morning at eleven. The TV in that room, without fail, was always tuned into The Price Is Right
, so I'd watch out of the corner of my eye while the trainer worked on my hip flexors. It was really therapeutic.
What motivated you to want to compete on the show?
I have a sort of wicked competitive streak, so when I heard that Duke was organizing a PIR team to go up against UNC, I knew I wanted in. I also had the idea that if I won a car I'd finally be able to drive myself around L.A. instead of Ubering everywhere.
What kind of preparations did you do?
Paul Kim, the Duke grad who organized our team, was really prepared and facilitated a "strategy session" for us the morning of the taping. He explained strategies for bidding and gave tips on how to best play the games in case we made it onstage. Super helpful stuff. Also, my mom texted me the night before and said, "Just in case, you might want to brush up on the general prices of things [money face emoji]." So I did.
If you win big, what sort of plans do you have in mind for your winnings?
Oh man. Invest in some stocks maybe? Or treat myself to a beautiful vacation somewhere ... the possibilities really are endless. We'll just have to see!