Mathematical Difference between NBA and College hoops

Already television and social media are abuzz with college basketball statistics. March Madness is here. Here are two fun math problems to share with students:

Problem 1: NBA games have 4 12-minute quarters.  College games have 2 20-minute halves.  Which games are longer, NBA or College, and by how much?

Problem 2: College players use a basketball that is 9.4 inches in diameter.  The hoop is 18 inches in diameter.  If a ball passes exactly through the center of the net, how much space will there be between the edge of the ball and the hoop?

Check back regularly for more March Mathness problems.

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