Are you ready for March Madness, the annual NCAA Men’s basketball tournament? Math plays into this annual event in more ways than you might think. Some of the most popular posts of the past four years have been those celebrating March Mathness, the math behind the sport of basketball!

Check this blog regularly for more fun math problems. Send your ideas for March Mathness math problems to

Here are some favorites to kick off the 1st Round:

If there are 64 teams in the tournament and half are eliminated each round, how many rounds does it take to determine a champion?
A basketball court measures 94 feet by 50 feet. What is the perimeter of the court? What is the area?

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?
Last year we asked some questions about mascots. Here is another interesting fact, if you were to pick a team to win the championship based on school color, what color would you pick? Blue, more than 75% of the champions have had blue as their school color.

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