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Cracking the Myth of Ball Control

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Author:Ivars Peterson (MathLand)
Description: Ball control has become common practice in a number of sports. In basketball, for example, coaches often urge their teams to slow down a game at certain times or to control its tempo. In professional football, "time of possession" has become a statistic of major importance in game summaries, alongside the number of first downs and yards gained. Is ball control an effective strategy? The answer is no, say Harold and Daniel Sackrowitz. In an article in the latest issue of Chance, they argue that "a team using ball control may reduce the number of possessions and points scored by its opponent, but it will lose more often than if it did not use ball control."

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Problems/Puzzles, Articles
Math Topics: Calendars/Dates/Time, Vector Analysis, Probability

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