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Notre Dame Basketball: Staff Picks - Miami

Our staff was perfect on picks against Clemson, let’s see if we can do it again for Miami.

NCAA Basketball: Clemson at Notre Dame Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Pat Rick, Editor (2-0)

Previous Pick: Notre Dame 83 - Clemson 76

Notre Dame 79 - Miami 76

“Miami is a very good defensive team, but the Irish are an even better offensive one, and have already proven their mettle against Louisville's perennially-tough defense. The Matt Farrell vs. Ja'Quan Newton match-up should be a blast to watch, and I expect Bonzie and Beachem to carry the scoring load for the Irish. Miami will keep it close with some big shots coming from Davon Reed and Bruce Brown, but overall ND will score enough to win a close road game. Also, Marty Geben will have at least one dunk in this one.”

Jeff Czerniakowski, Staff Writer (2-0)

Previous Pick: Notre Dame 84 - Clemson 71

Notre Dame 78 - Miami 73

“With four days off in between games, the Irish should be fresh and ready to go. Road games are always tough but it is important that Notre Dame gets off to a good start on this three game road trip. Look for the Irish to ride Beachem again to another victory.”

Ryan Chichester, Staff Writer (2-0)

Previous Pick: Notre Dame 83 - Clemson 74

Notre Dame 72 - Miami 68

“The Irish are riding a tidal wave of momentum into South Beach after rattling off three thrilling ACC wins. The dramatic resurgence of VJ Beachem will only help Notre Dame's offensive cause against one of the better defensive teams in the ACC. It will be tough on the road, but the Irish have faced two straight opponents with a similar DNA to the Hurricanes, so they will be prepared and get another big bucket in crunch time to seal the win.”

Brad Wechter, Editor (1-1)

Previous Pick: Notre Dame 83 - Clemson 77

Notre Dame 67 - Miami 64

“Another hotly contested ACC battle comes down to free throws. Riding the momentum of a three-game win streak, the Irish are again stellar from the stripe, and steal a late win on the road from the Hurricanes.”

Bobby Norell, Editor (2-0)

Previous Pick: Notre Dame 82 - Clemson 74

Miami 72 - Notre Dame 68

“I’m going to veer from the group here and go with the ‘Canes. Notre Dame has yet to win at Miami as a member of the ACC. After three straight close victories to begin conference play, I think Notre Dame might be due for a loss. It’s also incredibly hard to win on the road in the conference. This will be another close contested game, but with the home court advantage I see Miami making one or two more plays to put them over the top.”

Joshua Vowles, Site Manager (2-0)

Previous Pick: Notre Dame 82 - Clemson 71

Notre Dame 76 - Miami 74

“Notre Dame wins because Miami fumbles the ball inside the 5.