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Notre Dame Basketball VS UNC: Staff Picks

Pat Rick is undefeated at calling for Geben dunks.

NCAA Basketball: Notre Dame at Georgia Tech Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Czerniakowski, Staff Writer (9-4 ND Games) (44-21 Bonus Picks)

North Carolina Tar Heels at Notre Dame Fighting Irish - North Carolina

“North Carolina. This would be the perfect spot for an upset if Notre Dame was healthy. The team as is cannot score with North Carolina. I’ll take the Tar Heels by 15. North Carolina. This would be the perfect spot for an upset if Notre Dame was healthy. The team as is cannot score with North Carolina. I’ll take the Tar Heels by 15. Ryan Kelley, Staff Writer (10-2 ND Games) (37-23 Bonus Picks)”

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Pat Rick, Editor (9-4 ND Games) (41-24 Bonus Picks)

North Carolina Tar Heels at Notre Dame Fighting Irish - North Carolina

“With still no Matt Farrell back and Rex Pflueger still reeling from the flu, I don’t think the Irish have enough firepower to take down the Tar Heels. With that said, I expect ND to shoot much better at home than they did during their two prior games away from Purcell. DJ Harvey especially will look a lot better on offense. Also, Marty “The Bird Whisperer” Geben will continue his newfound double-double-level of play and will definitely get at least one dunk on the Tar Heels. UNC by ~13.”

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Ryan Chichester, Staff Writer (9-4 ND Games) (40-25 Bonus Picks)

North Carolina Tar Heels at Notre Dame Fighting Irish - North Carolina

“The Irish won’t (and probably can’t) shoot as badly as they did in their last two games, but it still won’t be enough given how shorthanded they are. No Farrell, no Bonzie, and with Pflueger less than 100-percent, it all adds up to trouble for the Irish, despite being back at home. Tar Heels by double digits.”

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Austin Gallagher, Staff Writer (8-5 ND Games) (40-25 Bonus Picks)

North Carolina Tar Heels at Notre Dame Fighting Irish - North Carolina

“Even with a healthy squad, this was always going to be a tough matchup for the Irish. With Notre Dame missing Colson and Farrell, though, this game just looks like it will be overwhelming. The Irish just simply don’t have enough to pull out a win right now.”

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Bobby Norell, Editor (9-4 ND Games) (41-25 Bonus Picks)

North Carolina Tar Heels at Notre Dame Fighting Irish - North Carolina

“Without Farrell and Colson, Notre Dame’s offense is quite putrid. If they can keep it a low scoring ball game, they’ll have a shot. But give me North Carolina in this one. Too much firepower and size for Notre Dame to combat.”

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Brad Wechter, Editor (9-4 ND Games) (36-29 Bonus Picks)

North Carolina Tar Heels at Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Notre Dame

“No Bonzie. No Farrell. Ranked North Carolina in South Bend. MIKE BREY MAGIC TIME. IRISH BY 5.”

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