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Notre Dame Basketball: Staff Picks - Georgia Tech

Here’s how the OFD staff sees Notre Dame’s road matchup with Georgia Tech playing out.

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Pat Rick, Editor (5-2) (4-4)

Previous Picks: Notre Dame 74 - Virginia 72 (Purdue W, Villanova L, Kentucky L, South Carolina L)

Notre Dame 73 - Georgia Tech 69

“Georgia Tech put the hurt on Florida State, but they'll come back down to earth on Saturday. With that said, they're a team playing well right now and playing at home, so they will play a nice game and make ND really work for it, just like Pitt, Virginia Tech, and Miami. Matt Farrell will be the difference in this one. And Geben will get a dunk in the game, I swear.”

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Jeff Czerniakowski, Staff Writer (6-1) (3-5)

Previous Picks: Notre Dame 71 - Virginia 66 (Michigan State L, Villanova L, Kentucky L, South Carolina W)

Notre Dame 81 - Georgia Tech 75

“This seems like a pretty important game when it comes to momentum. I think the Irish will see the importance of this game with Duke and North Carolina on the schedule for next week. The last thing they want is a 2 game losing streak headed into those games. I think the offense will explode and carry them to another ACC victory.”

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Ryan Chichester, Staff Writer (6-1) (4-4)

Previous Picks: Notre Dame 69 - Virginia 66 (Purdue W, Villanova L, Kentucky L, South Carolina W)

Notre Dame 79 - Georgia Tech 70

“The Yellow Jackets opened my eyes when they throttled Florida State, but I'm a believer in emotional hangovers. Meanwhile, the Irish will come out determined to right the ship after their sloppy loss to Virginia on Tuesday. Mike Brey won't let them come out anything but sharp, and the Irish will get back on track at home.”

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Brad Wechter, Editor (5-2) (3-5)

Previous Picks: Notre Dame 70 - Virginia 67 (Purdue W, Villanova L, Kentucky L, South Carolina W)

“I think the Irish will recognize their opportunity with FSU going down and ACC leader North Carolina coming up on the schedule in the near future. The offense gets back on track, and with Georgia Tech's lingering hangover from the FSU win, the Irish take this one.”

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Bobby Norell, Editor (4-3) (2-6)

Previous Picks: Notre Dame 70 - Virginia 66 (Michigan State L, Villanova L, Kentucky L, Auburn L)

Notre Dame 72 - Georgia Tech 67

“This one will be closer than most people think. Notre Dame and Georgia Tech always seem to play close games and I don’t see that changing this time around. I don’t expect Notre Dame to shoot the outside shot as poorly as they did on Tuesday night against Virginia. They are going to get more than their fair share of three-point attempts against Georgia Tech and they’ll cash in this time.

If Notre Dame can start off hitting shots from the outside, that will only open things up down low for Colson and Martinas Geben, as well as driving opportunities for the Irish guards.

A lot of this will depend on which V.J. Beachem decides to show up. Will we get the super aggressive Beachem we saw against Syracuse or will we get the non-existent one we saw against Virginia? Beachem is an important cog to this team.

The three-point shot will play an important role in this game. If Notre Dame can knock them down, I like them in a close one.”

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Joshua Vowles, Site Manager (5-2) (4-4)

Previous Picks: Notre Dame 72 - Virginia 64 (Purdue W, Villanova L, Kentucky L, Auburn L)

Notre Dame 80 - Georgia Tech 73

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