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Jeff Czerniakowski, Staff Writer (11-5 ND Games) (54-27 Bonus Picks)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Duke Blue Devils - Duke

“If Notre Dame can keep this game within 10, I would be absolutely shocked. Duke is coming off a loss and won’t be overlooking the Irish. Also, ND has no offense. Duke big.”

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Pat Rick, Editor (11-5 ND Games) (48-33 Bonus Picks)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Duke Blue Devils - Duke

“No COLSON, Farrell, or Harvey plus no Purcell crowd to give them a boost, with the added disadvantage of having to travel and play a road game just 2 days after an exhaustingly close one on Saturday? The Bird Whisperer will get a dunk in this one, but Bagley, Allen, Carter, and the rest for the Blue Devils will be way too much for ND to handle. Duke by a lot.”

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Ryan Chichester, Staff Writer (12-4 ND Games) (45-36 Bonus Picks)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Duke Blue Devils - Duke

“You have to like how hard the Irish have fought without their two best players (and top bench scorer), but with a quick turnaround and no home crowd, it will be tough to keep up the fight for 40 minutes. Duke wins by double digits.”

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Bobby Norell, Editor (11-5 ND Games) (48-33 Bonus Picks)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Duke Blue Devils - Duke

“Duke is coming off a loss...at home. No way they lose two in a row at home, especially to this undermanned ND team. Blue Devils by 90.”

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Austin Gallagher, Staff Writer (11-5 ND Games) (46-35 Bonus Picks)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Duke Blue Devils - Duke

“If any coach can be undermanned and outgunned, and still beat the great Coach K, it’s Mike Brey. And as tempted as I am to pick ND in this one, I just can’t see it happening. With Colson, Farrell, and Harvey all missing, the outlook is grim for this Irish squad.”

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Brad Wechter, Editor (11-5 ND Games) (41-40 Bonus Picks)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Duke Blue Devils - Notre Dame

“It seems like every year we have one. This is the one. The struggling, injury riddled Irish travel to Durham and get an inexplicable upset win behind 30 points and 20 rebounds by Martin Geben.”

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