9-for-9 from 3FG: What are the odds?

OK, here’s a fun equation for a journalism major who should’ve gone into math:

Calculate the odds of the Linn-Mar girls starting 9-from-9 from 3-point range, as they did Tuesday against Dubuque Wahlert.

Of the first nine shots, Jaime Printy (a 40-percent 3-point shooter) made four of them. Kayla Klopfenstein (41.8 percent) made two. D.J. Norman (34.4 percent) made two. Rachel Kearney (33.3 percent … 1-for-3 all year) made one.

So the equation reads:

x = (.40 to 4th power) x (.418 squared) x .(344 squared) x (.333)

x = .0256 x .174 x .1183 x .333

x = .000175476

x = 1 in 5,699 chance of it occuring. Pretty miniscule.

See, Mr. Goodman? I did learn something in algebra all those years ago.


4 Responses to “9-for-9 from 3FG: What are the odds?”

  1. Jeff Corbett Says:

    I have checked these calculations and agree with your math. Mr. Goodman would be proud! I thought we were on fire when we started 9-13 from 3-pt land in the first half Monday night.

  2. jtlinder Says:

    Thanks for checking.

  3. Mr. Goodman Says:

    Wow! You guys are sharp! You both get an A+!

  4. jtlinder Says:

    I knew I’d get one from you eventually. It only took 25 years.

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