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Notre Dame Basketball: North Carolina Staff Picks

The OFD hoops staff predicts what will happen in ND’s huge road matchup at North Carolina, as well as some bonus pick games on Monday and Tuesday!!!!

NCAA Basketball: North Carolina at Notre Dame Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Pat Rick, Editor (15-5 ND Games) (57-43 Bonus Picks)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish at #14 North Carolina Tar Heels: Notre Dame

“The time for me to make logical, reasonable predictions is long gone. I’m a blindly optimistic believer in this team and coach, and think UNC has had a tiring last 5 days, taking down Duke and NC State in tough games. The Tar Heels will run into an ND team firing on all cylinders who is out for blood after UNC barely escaped at Purcell a few weeks back. Marty ‘Smash the Bird Whisperer’ Geben will get a dunk or two, and Farrell/Gibbs/Mooney will rain threes in a HUGE Irish upset. A guy can dream, right?“

Bonus Picks

TCU Horned Frogs at #20 West Virginia Mountaineers: West Virginia

#23 Oklahoma Sooners at #7 Texas Tech Red Raiders (Tuesday): Texas Tech

#13 Kansas Jayhawks at Iowa State Cyclones (Tuesday): Kansas

#1 Virginia Cavaliers at Miami Hurricanes (Tuesday): Virginia

Ryan Chichester, Staff Writer (15-5 ND Games) (57-43 Bonus Picks)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish at #14 North Carolina Tar Heels: North Carolina

“The Irish have looked much better with the return of our bearded savior Matt Farrell, but they’re not at a place where they can get a road win against a team like the Tar Heels. The game will be competitive, but the Irish need Bonzie back to win a game like this.“

Bonus Picks

TCU Horned Frogs at #20 West Virginia Mountaineers: West Virginia

#23 Oklahoma Sooners at #7 Texas Tech Red Raiders (Tuesday): Texas Tech

#13 Kansas Jayhawks at Iowa State Cyclones (Tuesday): Kansas

#1 Virginia Cavaliers at Miami Hurricanes (Tuesday): Virginia

Bobby Norell, Editor (14-6 ND Games) (55-45 Bonus Picks)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish at #14 North Carolina Tar Heels: North Carolina

“Though the Irish have won 2 in a row, I don’t see them going to Chapel Hill and beating the Heels. Too much Joel Berry in the end.“

Bonus Picks

TCU Horned Frogs at #20 West Virginia Mountaineers: West Virginia

#23 Oklahoma Sooners at #7 Texas Tech Red Raiders (Tuesday): Oklahoma

#13 Kansas Jayhawks at Iowa State Cyclones (Tuesday): Kansas

#1 Virginia Cavaliers at Miami Hurricanes (Tuesday): Virginia

Jeff Czerniakowski, Staff Writer (13-7 ND Games) (64-36 Bonus Picks)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish at #14 North Carolina Tar Heels: North Carolina

“North Carolina is playing with a lot of confidence after two big rivalry wins. If this was a home game for the Irish I could see it going differently, but not at the Dean Dome.”

Bonus Picks

TCU Horned Frogs at #20 West Virginia Mountaineers: West Virginia

#23 Oklahoma Sooners at #7 Texas Tech Red Raiders (Tuesday): Oklahoma

#13 Kansas Jayhawks at Iowa State Cyclones (Tuesday): Iowa State

#1 Virginia Cavaliers at Miami Hurricanes (Tuesday): Miami

Austin Gallagher, Staff Writer (13-7 ND Games) (56-44 Bonus Picks)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish at #14 North Carolina Tar Heels: North Carolina

“While the Irish have looked significantly improved over the past two games, beating Boston College and FSU is drastically different than beating UNC. You can never count out Mike Brey and his team, but the odds are stacked against the Irish here.”

Bonus Picks

TCU Horned Frogs at #20 West Virginia Mountaineers: West Virginia

#23 Oklahoma Sooners at #7 Texas Tech Red Raiders (Tuesday): Texas Tech

#13 Kansas Jayhawks at Iowa State Cyclones (Tuesday): Kansas

#1 Virginia Cavaliers at Miami Hurricanes (Tuesday): Virginia

Brad Wechter, Editor (13-7 ND Games) (52-48 Bonus Picks)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish at #14 North Carolina Tar Heels: North Carolina

“Notre Dame has looked a lot better in their past two games on the offensive end, but I don’t think it will be enough to win at North Carolina.”

Bonus Picks

TCU Horned Frogs at #20 West Virginia Mountaineers: West Virginia

#23 Oklahoma Sooners at #7 Texas Tech Red Raiders (Tuesday): Texas Tech

#13 Kansas Jayhawks at Iowa State Cyclones (Tuesday): Kansas

#1 Virginia Cavaliers at Miami Hurricanes (Tuesday): Miami

Ryan Kelley, Staff Writer (10-3 ND Games) (39-26 Bonus Picks)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish at #14 North Carolina Tar Heels: Notre Dame

“Both of these teams are playing their best right now and it’s going to be a battle. Even though it’s on the road, I think the Fighting Irish have what it takes to get a statement win to hang their hats on this year.”

Bonus Picks

TCU Horned Frogs at #20 West Virginia Mountaineers: West Virginia

#23 Oklahoma Sooners at #7 Texas Tech Red Raiders (Tuesday): Texas Tech

#13 Kansas Jayhawks at Iowa State Cyclones (Tuesday): Kansas

#1 Virginia Cavaliers at Miami Hurricanes (Tuesday): Virginia