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Notre Dame Basketball vs. LSU Tigers: Staff Picks

The Fighting Irish easily dispatched D-II Chaminade last night. Now how will they do against the best team they’ve faced all season, LSU? The OFD basketball staff weighs in.

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Ryan Chichester, Staff Writer (1-0 ND Games) (5-0 Bonus Picks)

No. 13 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. LSU Tigers — No. 13 Notre Dame

“LSU will be a tougher test for the Irish, but that just means they’ll step up on the defensive end right away instead of sitting back on Chaminade for most of the first half. Farrell and Colson will draw tons of attention from the Toger defense, opening the door for Gibbs to have a career night and pace the Irish to another victory. ND 78 LSU 68.”

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No. 6 Wichita State vs. Marquette — No. 6 Wichita State

No. 16 Texas A&M vs. Penn State — No. 16 Texas A&M

VCU vs. California — California

Oklahoma State vs. Pitt — Pitt

Chaminade vs. Michigan — Not Chaminade (Michigan)

Austin Gallagher, Staff Writer (1-0 ND Games) (5-0 Bonus Picks)

No. 13 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. LSU Tigers — No. 13 Notre Dame

“Whether the victor ended up being LSU or Michigan, this pick was always going to be the same. This will be no cakewalk for Brey's Irish, but barring a total collapse, they should come out on top. Notre Dame's experience and shooting prowess will propel them to a solid victory, as it usually does.”

BONUS PICKS

No. 6 Wichita State vs. Marquette — No. 6 Wichita State

No. 16 Texas A&M vs. Penn State — No. 16 Texas A&M

VCU vs. California — VCU

Oklahoma State vs. Pitt — Oklahoma State

Chaminade vs. Michigan — Michigan

Ryan Kelley, Staff Writer (1-0 ND Games) (5-0 Bonus Picks)

No. 13 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. LSU Tigers — No. 13 Notre Dame

“This will be the biggest test yet for the Irish, up against an SEC team that just won in thrilling fashion. It should be a tightly contested game but Notre Dame’s discipline should be the difference maker. Matt Farrell vs. Tremont Waters will be the matchup to watch, and Farrell looks unstoppable right now. ”

BONUS PICKS

No. 6 Wichita State vs. Marquette — No. 6 Wichita State

No. 16 Texas A&M vs. Penn State — No. 16 Texas A&M

VCU vs. California — California

Oklahoma State vs. Pitt —- Pitt

Chaminade vs. Michigan — Michigan

Brad Wechter, Editor (1-0 ND Games) (4-1 Bonus Picks)

No. 13 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. LSU Tigers — No. 13 Notre Dame

“It may be a shootout if LSU is still as hot tonight as they were last night. I expect the Farrell/Colson experience factor and LSU turnovers to play into a close win for the Irish.”

BONUS PICKS

No. 6 Wichita State vs. Marquette — No. 6 Wichita State

No. 16 Texas A&M vs. Penn State — No. 16 Texas A&M

VCU vs. California — California

Oklahoma State vs. Pitt — Oklahoma State

Chaminade vs. Michigan — Michigan

Bobby Norell, Editor (1-0 ND Games) (4-1 Bonus Picks)

No. 13 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. LSU Tigers — No. 13 Notre Dame

“While LSU did look pretty good against Michigan on Monday night, shooting 58%, this is still a very young team and it will take another shooting performance like that to beat the Irish. I like Notre Dame to play much better defense against the Tigers than the Wolverines did. Notre Dame's experience with Matt Farrell and Bonzie Colson should be enough to get the Irish into the championship game.”

BONUS PICKS

No. 6 Wichita State vs. Marquette — No. 6 Wichita State

No. 16 Texas A&M vs. Penn State — Penn State

VCU vs. California — VCU

Oklahoma State vs. Pitt — Oklahoma State

Chaminade vs. Michigan — Michigan

Jeff Czerniakowski, Staff Writer (1-0 ND Games) (3-2 Bonus Picks)

No. 13 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. LSU Tigers — No. 13 Notre Dame

“Notre Dame. This will be the toughest test of the season. LSU is coming off a good win vs Michigan and will be looking to keep it rolling. The way the Irish looked in the 2nd half yesterday is what swayed my pick. Close game but Notre Dame pulls away in the last 10 minutes. ”

BONUS PICKS

No. 6 Wichita State vs. Marquette — No. 6 Wichita State

No. 16 Texas A&M vs. Penn State — No. 16 Texas A&M

VCU vs. California — California

Oklahoma State vs. Pitt — Oklahoma State

Chaminade vs. Michigan — Michigan

Pat Rick, Editor (1-0 ND Games) (3-2 Bonus Picks)

No. 13 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. LSU Tigers — No. 13 Notre Dame

“I honestly don’t know much about LSU’s team this year, as I’ve yet to watch them play. But barely beating a mediocre Michigan team and giving up 86 points to Samford is enough to make me think Mike Brey’s offense will have another big game, even if LSU’s ability to score keeps the game close early on. ND will win this one by low double digits as their efficiency paves the way to victory. Also, Marty ‘The Bird Whisperer’ Geben will get another dunk in this one.”

BONUS PICKS

No. 6 Wichita State vs. Marquette - Marquette

No. 16 Texas A&M vs. Penn State - No. 16 Texas A&M

VCU vs. California - California

Oklahoma State vs. Pitt - Oklahoma State

Chaminade vs. Michigan - Michigan