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Answering Frequently Asked Basketball Questions

        Basketball has remained one of the most popular sports in the World for several decades. The popularity of the game can be attributed to the fast pace of play, the athleticism of its players, and the global appeal of superstars. Basketball is a very accessible sport Worldwide. This is especially the case in the United States, where it was invented in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith. The USA is the home of the National Basketball Association, which is by far the most talented league with teams that own some of the nicest arenas in the World. Moreover, the sport’s global reach is evident through international competitions such as the FIBA World Cup and the Olympic Games. Today, we will answer some of the most frequently asked basketball questions.

How much does a basketball weigh?
        The weight of a basketball can vary depending on the brand, material, and size. A standard men’s size 7 basketball weighs roughly 22 ounces with a circumference of 29.5″. Women at every competitive level use a size 6 basketball, which weighs approximately 20 ounces and has a circumference of 28.5″.

How long are basketball games?
        Basketball games consist of either two halves or four quarters of regulation. College basketball games consist of two twenty-minute halves with a short intermission in between, called halftime. At the college level, games last for slightly over two hours. Furthermore, games in the National Basketball Association consist of four twelve-minute quarters, with a halftime period after the second quarter. An NBA game typically lasts for two and a half hours.

How many minutes is a basketball quarter?
        NBA quarters are twelve minutes long; however, the clock does stop in certain situations. Twelve minutes of game time could equate to thirty or more minutes of real-time, depending on the number of play stoppages.

How many periods are there in college basketball?
        In NCAA basketball games, there are two twenty-minute periods of regulation. If the game is tied at the end of regulation, then the teams will play another five minutes for overtime.

How many yards is a basketball court?
        An NBA basketball court measures 94 feet in length and 50 feet in width. In conclusion, converting these measurements to yards comes out to 31.33 yards in length by 16.67 yards in width.

How many players are on the basketball court?
        There are ten players on the basketball court at one time, five from each team. Moreover, the National Basketball Association allows fifteen players on each team’s roster. However, the NBA only allows thirteen players to be courtside on the bench during games.

Please feel free to send in any basketball related questions. We will try to update and provide answers to frequently asked basketball questions every few weeks.

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