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Notre Dame Basketball: Southeastern Louisiana Staff Picks

One more tune-up before ACC play starts.

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Jeff Czerniakowski, Staff Writer (6-2 ND Games) (30-10 Bonus Picks)

Southeastern Louisiana Lions vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Notre Dame

“Notre Dame. The Irish use this one as a confidence booster. Mix and match some creative lineups. Get confidence in some bench players (hopefully) and win big.”

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No. 12 Gonzaga Bulldogs at San Diego State Aztecs - Gonzaga

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Miami RedHawks at DePaul Blue Demons - DePaul

Ryan Kelley, Staff Writer (6-2 ND Games) (23-17 Bonus Picks)

Southeastern Louisiana vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Notre Dame

“Notre Dame hasn’t won two straight since the Maui Invitational, but today is the day that changes. It might not be pretty once again because SLU seems like a scrappy team, but the Irish should take care of business. I don’t think coach Brey will get the 100 points he wants for Christmas though.”

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Connecticut Huskies at No. 18 Arizona Wildcats - Arizona

No. 12 Gonzaga Bulldogs at San Diego State Aztecs - Gonzaga

No. 14 Kansas Jayhawks at Stanford Cardinal - Kansas

Miami RedHawks at DePaul Blue Demons - DePaul

Austin Gallagher, Staff Writer (5-3 ND Games) (26-15 Bonus Picks)

Southeastern Louisiana Lions vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Notre Dame

“Although they haven't always shown it - is a very talented team. They don't look particularly great right now, and they need to use this game as a confidence boost before conference play. While I'm not sure exactly how good they'll look against Southeastern Louisiana, it would be a massive shock if the Irish dropped this game.”

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Connecticut Huskies at No. 18 Arizona Wildcats - UConn

No. 12 Gonzaga Bulldogs at San Diego State - Gonzaga

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Miami RedHawks at DePaul Blue Demons - DePaul

Ryan Chichester, Staff Writer (6-2 ND Games) (22-18 Bonus Picks)

Southeastern Louisiana Lions vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Notre Dame

“The Irish need a convincing win to build confidence before ACC play starts. The win against Dartmouth certainly didn’t qualify as one. I believe Mike Brey will have the Irish prepared, and Bonzie Colson will continue to it, and the Irish get their blowout win.”

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Connecticut Huskies at No. 18 Arizona Wildcats - Arizona

No. 12 Gonzaga Bulldogs at San Diego State - Gonzaga

No. 14 Kansas Jayhawks at Stanford Cardinal - Kansas

Miami RedHawks at DePaul Blue Demons - DePaul

Brad Wechter, Editor (6-2 ND Games) (23-17 Bonus Picks)

Southeastern Louisiana Lions vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Notre Dame

“This is that one last tuneup before ACC play, and the Irish certainly have some tuning to do. Still, I don't expect this one to be close.”

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Connecticut Huskies at No. 18 Arizona Wildcats - Arizona

No. 12 Gonzaga Bulldogs at San Diego State - Gonzaga

No. 14 Kansas Jayhawks at Stanford Cardinal - Kansas

Miami RedHawks at DePaul Blue Demons - Miami (OH)

Bobby Norell, Editor (6-2 ND Games) (25-15 Bonus Picks)

Southeastern Louisiana Lions vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Notre Dame

“I’m going with the Irish big here. They need a convincing win before ACC start just for confidence reasons. Need to see more out of the bench in this one. If not, it could be signs of a long, long ACC season.”

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Connecticut Huskies at No. 18 Arizona Wildcats - Arizona

No. 12 Gonzaga Bulldogs at San Diego State - Gonzaga

No. 14 Kansas Jayhawks at Stanford Cardinal - Kansas

Miami RedHawks at DePaul Blue Demons - DePaul

Pat Rick, Editor (6-2 ND Games) (25-15 Bonus Picks)

Southeastern Louisiana Lions vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Notre Dame

“I think this one will follow the same pattern as the past few, and the Irish will need to take Christmas to think about what kind of team they want to be. The defense will look bad and Southeastern Louisiana will score more than you'd expect. But the Irish will score more, on the backs of BONZIE and Farrell and Gibbs, who all score 15+. Geben throws down his patented "Bird Whisperer" dunk at least once (two hands, takes off and lands with two feet, mean look on his face, maybe a slight shout as he rattles the rim).”

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Connecticut Huskies at No. 18 Arizona Wildcats - Arizona: Salim Stoudamire's hair

No. 12 Gonzaga Bulldogs at San Diego State - Gonzaga: Adam Morrison's trash 'stache

No. 14 Kansas Jayhawks at Stanford Cardinal - Kansas: Frank Mason's rapping abilities

Miami RedHawks at DePaul Blue Demons - DePaul: Wilson Chandler's hometown (Benton Harbor, MI -- also the hometown of Joique Bell and Sinbad)