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Notre Dame Basketball: Staff Picks - Clemson

For the most part our staff got it right against Louisville. Can we do it again for Clemson?

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

Pat Rick, Editor (1-0)

Previous Pick: Notre Dame 80 - Louisville 76

Notre Dame 83 - Clemson 76

“Jarron Blossomgame scores 20+ and gives the Irish fits at times around the hoop, but the Tigers will have no answer for Matty Farrell and Steve Vasturia, who will help the Irish pull away down the stretch as they continue to get into the lane, attack the hoop, and dish it out for some three pointers. Beachem will show modest improvement in that he will hit a couple of shots, and Bonzie will keep going to the foul line and knock down tons more free throws. Also Marty Geben will get another dunk.”

Jeff Czerniakowski, Staff Writer (1-0)

Previous Pick: Notre Dame 74 - Louisville 70

Notre Dame 84 - Clemson 71

“No ACC game is ever easy. I see this one being close until about halfway through the second half before the Irish pull away. This should be the game that VJ Beachem gets back to being the All-ACC player that everyone expected him to be.”

Ryan Chichester, Staff Writer (1-0)

Previous Pick: Notre Dame 78 - Louisville 72

Notre Dame 83 - Clemson 74

“Clemson has shown that they are a tough opponent, but the Tigers are coming to South Bend after a deflating OT loss to North Carolina, while the Irish are riding high off of two thrilling ACC wins. Farrell and Vasturia will continue to steer the offensive ship while Bonzie Colson will give Jaron Blossomgame all he can handle (also look for Austin Torres to get more minutes after his effort on Wednesday). I want to say VJ Beachem breaks out, but that hasn't been working out for me lately. Still, the Irish prevail.”

Brad Wechter, Editor (0-1)

Previous Pick: Louisville 76 - Notre Dame 68

Notre Dame 83 - Clemson 77

“The Irish build a large lead in early in the second half after a back-and-forth first half. Clemson pulls close late, but the Irish offense proves too much for the Blossomgame and the Tigers.”

Bobby Norell, Editor (1-0)

Previous Pick: Notre Dame 80 - Louisville 72

Notre Dame 82 - Clemson 74

“This is the last game without the students in the building, so again it will be a more tamed crowd. That being said, the crowd was pretty lively on Wednesday night against Louisville. Notre Dame has yet to lose in Purcell Pavilion this season and I don’t see Clemson being the ones to snap that streak.

Clemson is a solid team though and will give Notre Dame everything they can handle. I see this one close most of the way, with the Irish pulling away in the second half. Blossomgame will have an excellent game, but Colson, Steve Vasturia, and Matt Farrell will be too much in the end.”

Joshua Vowles, Site Manager (1-0)

Previous Pick: Notre Dame 83 - Louisville 81

Notre Dame 82 - Clemson 71

“If there is any ass-grabbing here...Geben will knock them the hell out.”

Those are our picks. Feel free to give us your in the comment section below! Go Irish!