# 2014 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 16

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## Problem

The "Middle School Eight" basketball conference has $8$ teams. Every season, each team plays every other conference team twice (home and away), and each team also plays $4$ games against non-conference opponents. What is the total number of games in a season involving the "Middle School Eight" teams?

$\textbf{(A) }60\qquad\textbf{(B) }88\qquad\textbf{(C) }96\qquad\textbf{(D) }144\qquad \textbf{(E) }160$

## Solution

Within the conference, there are 8 teams, so there are $\dbinom{8}{2}=28$ pairings of teams, and each pair must play two games, for a total of $28\cdot 2=56$ games within the conference.

Each team also plays 4 games outside the conference, and there are 8 teams, so there are a total of $4\cdot 8 =32$ games outside the conference.

Therefore, the total number of games is $56+32 = \boxed{88}$, so $\boxed{\text{(B)}}$ is our answer.

## Video Solution

https://youtu.be/w7Y-iq_kEaY ~savannahsolver

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