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During the 2007–2008 NCAA college basketball seasons, men’s basketball teams attempted an all-time high number of 3-point shots, averaging 19.07 shots per game (Associated Press Sports, January 24, 2009). In an attempt to discourage so many 3-point shots and encourage more inside play, the NCAA rules committee moved the 3-point line back from 19 feet, 9 inches to 20 feet, 9 inches at the beginning of the 2008–2009 basketball seasons. Shown in the following table are the 3-point shots taken and the 3-point shots made for a sample of 19 NCAA basketball games during the 2008–2009 seasons.


a. What is the mean number of 3-point shots taken per game?
b. What is the mean number of 3-point shots made per game?
c. Using the closer 3-point line, players were making 35.2% of their shots. What percentage of shots were players making from the new 3-point line?
d. What was the impact of the NCAA rules change that moved the 3-point line back to 20 feet, 9 inches for the 2008–2009 seasons? Would you agree with the Associated Press Sports article that stated, “Moving back the 3-point line hasn’t changed the game dramatically”?Explain.


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