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“Sometimes, you predict someone’s better because in simulations, 80 percent of the time they win,” he said. “Well, that means 20 percent of the time they lose. That’s going to happen. That’s been a useful lesson for students.”

And, as any good math professor will remind you, being wrong doesn’t always mean you were, well, wrong _ even if the scoreboard says you were.

“It just means it didn’t work out that time,” Magazine says.

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AP Sports Writer Ben Walker in New York contributed to this report.