Here are two awesome examples of past March math problems! But first we would like to challenge your classes to create and submit your own NCAA tournament related math problems! You could use the graphing exploration, another Ascend Math resource or simply submit a problem. Every class submitting a problem will be eligible.  All entries will be featured on the Ascend Math blog with the name of your school and class.  We will even include a picture or logo from your school with the posting.

The winning classroom will receive a $50 March Madness party gift card (VISA gift cards are the same as cash anywhere VISA is accepted).  Use the gift card to purchase pizzas, cupcakes, juice or whatever you like for your class party. Drawings will be held on April 1, 2019. The Winner will receive their gift card in time for the National Championship.

Problem 1:

A college basketball court is 94 ft by 50 ft (4,700 square feet). There are 68 teams competing in this year’s NCAA Tournament. If the court is divided into 68ths so each team can practice, how many square feet will each team get to practice?

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?

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