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Notre Dame Basketball vs. Wichita State Shockers: Staff Picks

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Optimism abounds from the OFD staff following the beatdown the Irish administered against LSU. Notre Dame faces off against the sixth-ranked Wichita State Shockers tonight.

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Pat Rick (2-0 ND) (6-4 Bonus Picks)

No. 13 Notre Dame vs. No. 6 Wichita State - No. 13 Notre Dame

“MAUI BREY ALL DAY, BABY!!!!!”

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Ryan Chichester, Staff Writer (2-0 ND) (8-2 Bonus Picks)

No. 13 Notre Dame vs. No. 6 Wichita State - No. 13 Notre Dame

“I think I would have picked Wichita if you asked me two days ago, but the Irish have looked unstoppable on offense and Matt Farrell is on fire. This won’t come nearly as easily as the first two games of the tournament, but an experienced Irish core make the big buckets down the stretch and secure a close win.”

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Austin Gallagher, Staff Writer (2-0 ND) (10-0 Bonus Picks)

No. 13 Notre Dame vs. No. 6 Wichita State - No. 13 Notre Dame

“With this game, we will figure out what this Irish team is truly made of. Wichita State is really good, but so far the Irish appear to be on that level too. Wichita State is superbly talented, well coached, and has the ability to take down anyone on any given day, but I think Notre Dame rides the momentum of a dominating win over LSU to a hard-fought victory in a back and forth game with the Shockers.”

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Ryan Kelley, Staff Writer (2-0 ND) (8-2 Bonus Picks)

No. 13 Notre Dame vs. No. 6 Wichita State - No. 13 Notre Dame

“This is a tough pick to make, so I’m just going to go with my heart. These teams are pretty evenly matched, but the Irish have been on fire and playing great defense. We’re in for a nail biter. “

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Bobby Norell, Editor (2-0 ND) (8-2 Bonus Picks)

No. 13 Notre Dame vs. No. 6 Wichita State - No. 13 Notre Dame

"I'm really split on this game. I could go either way. This should be one of the better games of the non-conference season. Both Wichita and ND are talented and experienced teams. Both teams should probably make some kind of run in March, but tonight give me Mike Brey and the Irish. The point guard matchup should be an advantage for the Irish. I like Matt Farrell a little bit more than I like Connor Frankamp of Wichita State. Martinas Geben will have his toughest test to date, as he'll have to deal with Shaq Morris. That will be something to watch in this one."

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Jeff Czerniakowski, Staff Writer (2-0 ND) (7-3 Bonus Picks)

No. 13 Notre Dame vs. No. 6 Wichita State - No. 13 Notre Dame

“There’s been no evidence to show Notre Dame won’t this game. Temple Gibbs looked awesome yesterday and it is important Notre Dame has a 3rd scorer going forward. I’ll take the Irish in a 5-8 point victory.”

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Brad Wechter, Editor (2-0 ND) (8-2 Bonus Picks)

No. 13 Notre Dame vs. No. 6 Wichita State - No. 13 Notre Dame

“Really tough one to pick. I want to be unbiased, but watching the Irish offense hum against LSU, even if they have some defensive deficiencies, was a ‘oh, this is why I love this sport’ moment for me. So, since Brey and the Irish have re-lit the flame for me and basketball, I’m going with Notre Dame in a close one.”

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