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Notre Dame Basketball: Staff Picks - Chaminade

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The Irish hit the floor tonight in Maui. How does the OFD staff think it’ll play out?

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Pat Rick, Editor (0-0) (0-0)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Chaminade Silverswords - ND

“The inside-outside game of BONZIE and Matty F is just too much for a team like Chaminade to handle. The Irish win by 20-25 behind a balanced scoring attack featuring those two, sophomore guard TJ Gibbs, and freshman wing DJ Harvey. Additionally, Martinas "The Bird Whisperer" Geben will have at least one rim-rattling slam dunk in this one. Finally, Chaminade's nickname is the Silverswords and that is an awesome name -- with that alone they may stand a chance of keeping this one closer than Irish fans would like. But this is probably a blowout.”

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Jeff Czerniakowski, Staff Writer (0-0) (0-0)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Chaminade Silverswords - ND

“The Irish are too strong for a school like Chaminade. Look for Notre Dame to get up early and test out a few different lineups in the second half.”

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Ryan Chichester, Staff Writer (0-0) (0-0)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Chaminade Silverswords - ND

“Chaminade is severely lacking in firepower to keep up with Bonzie and the Irish offense. Gibbs continues his upward trend and drops over 15 points, and Matt Farrell hits at least four threes. Irish roll.”

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Brad Wechter, Editor (0-0) (0-0)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Chaminade Silverswords - ND

“Too much Bonzie. Too much Matt Farell. The Irish roll, giving even more opportunity for guys like Elijah Burns and DJ Harvey to continue to learn their roles early on in the season.”

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Austin Gallagher, Staff Writer (0-0) (0-0)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Chaminade Silverswords - ND

Chaminade - while decent in the Pacific West Conference - is by no means a threat to Notre Dame. The 'Swords will play hard and with something to prove, but this Notre Dame team is too well coached and has too much talent to get beaten by a lesser team like this. Bonzie, Matt Farrell, and TJ Gibbs will prove to be too much for an overmatched Chaminade team en route to a relatively easy victory for the Irish.

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Ryan Kelley, Staff Writer (0-0) (0-0)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Chaminade Silverswords - ND

The host school of the Maui Invitational, Chaminade is usually pretty competitive in the Pacific West Conference. This tournament is its one chance every year to play against teams from the power five, and they routinely get smoked. Their last win in the Invitational came against Texas in 2012. Notre Dame is too balanced with experienced seniors in Colson, Farrell and Geben, and rising stars in Gibbs and Harvey. I see the Irish running away with this one.

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Bobby Norell, Editor (0-0) (0-0)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Chaminade Silverswords - ND

“Even in their conference the Silverswords are pretty much middle of the pack. It’s hard to see them running with a upper tier ACC team like Notre Dame for 40 minutes. The Irish just have too much and should win this easily. Chaminade’s all-time record in this event is 7-78, expect 7-79 by the end of the night.”

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