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Notre Dame Basketball: Staff Picks - Michigan State

The Irish are coming off their toughest test to date. They take on another heavyweight in Michigan State tonight.

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Pat Rick (3-0 ND) (8-7 Bonus Picks)

No. 5 Notre Dame vs. No. 3 Michigan State - No. 3 Michigan State

I agonized over this pick for AT LEAST 2 minutes, before finally deciding that the combination of the game being in East Lansing and Tom Izzo's team finding their groove against UNC last weekend were enough for me to think the Spartans will win this one by 7-10 points. BONZIE and Farrell will carry the scoring for ND, but Miles Bridges, Nick Ward, and Joshua Langford will get theirs and ultimately come out of this with a hard-fought win. Martinas Geben will get another dunk in this one, too.

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Ryan Chichester, Staff Writer (3-0 ND) (11-4 Bonus Picks)

No. 5 Notre Dame vs. No. 3 Michigan State - No. 3 Michigan State

“The Irish are absolutely for real this year, but that doesn't mean they're going to win every game. This feels like a hard-fought game and the Irish will come up just short on the road. Bonzie Colson will be effective, but I see Jaren Jackson Jr. playing an energized game at the rim and preventing Colson from taking the game over. If the Irish are to win, Martinas Geben will need to play the game of his life and open things up for Colson. This loss will not make anyone think any less of the Irish, but I think they do come up just short in a tough game.”

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Austin Gallagher, Staff Writer (3-0 ND) (12-3 Bonus Picks)

No. 5 Notre Dame vs. No. 3 Michigan State - No. 5 Notre Dame

“At halftime against Wichita State, I had serious doubts as to whether or not Bonzie and Matt Farrell could will the Irish to victory. After the impeccable comeback they engineered, I came to the conclusion that I wouldn't be betting against those two any time soon. Michigan State is extremely good -better than Wichita State in my opinion - but the Irish are extremely good too. This game's final score will be close, but the Irish will top their statement win over Wichita State by toppling Tom Izzo's Spartans.”

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Ryan Kelley, Staff Writer (3-0 ND) (10-5 Bonus Picks)

No. 5 Notre Dame vs. No. 3 Michigan State - No. 3 Michigan State

“I think the Irish are capable of pulling off the win, but Michigan State’s front court is just a little too much for them to handle. Notre Dame will learn a lot from this game and it will ultimately make them better.”

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Bobby Norell, Editor (3-0 ND) (10-5 Bonus Picks)

No. 5 Notre Dame vs. No. 3 Michigan State - No. 3 Michigan State

"Now if this was the football team, they would probably lose this game by 3 scores. I think the Irish will put up one heckuva fight against the Spartans, but with this being in East Lansing I think the home crowd does just enough for MSU to edge this one out. I also don’t like how the Irish matchup with Miles Bridges, Nick Ward and Jaren Jackson. I’ll take MSU in a closely contested game.”

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Jeff Czerniakowski, Staff Writer (3-0 ND) (10-5 Bonus Picks)

No. 5 Notre Dame vs. No. 3 Michigan State - No. 3 Michigan State

“The Spartans are a very good team and pair that with the game being in East Lansing, I like Michigan State to win by 6-10 points. The Notre Dame will keep it close but I don’t see them pulling off the mini upset.”

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Brad Wechter, Editor (3-0 ND) (8-2 Bonus Picks)

No. 5 Notre Dame vs. No. 3 Michigan State - No. 3 Michigan State

“It's a great opportunity for the type of statement road win that, given an outstanding season, puts you over the hump for a one or two seed. But Notre Dame isn't there. Quality loss.”

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