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Notre Dame Basketball Staff Picks: Wake Forest

Will the Irish pick up a desperately-needed road ACC win? Plus, BONUS PICKS

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Ryan Chichester, Staff Writer (17-6 ND Games) (66-46 Bonus Picks)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Wake Forest Demon Deacons: Notre Dame

“The Irish need a win in the worst way, and luckily they get a somewhat favorable matchup in Wake Forest. It won’t be easy as they will continue to be shorthanded, but the Irish will get it done behind some big buckets by Matt Farrell down the stretch.”

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Pat Rick, Editor (16-7 ND Games) (68-44 Bonus Picks)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Wake Forest Demon Deacons: Notre Dame

“I think this will be another nailbiter, but the Irish finally come up with a win in a down-to-the-wire game, on the backs of Matt Farrell, TJ Gibbs, and Martinas ‘The Bird Whisperer’ Geben, who I expect to get at least one dunk on Saturday.”

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#12 Auburn Tigers at Florida Gators: Florida

Bobby Norell, Editor (16-7 ND Games) (63-49 Bonus Picks)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Wake Forest Demon Deacons: Notre Dame

“Wake Forest isn’t very good. While undermanned, Notre Dame has shown signs of their old selves over the past few games. Give me the Irish against a bad Wake team.”

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Jeff Czerniakowski, Staff Writer (15-8 ND Games) (71-41 Bonus Picks)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Wake Forest Demon Deacons: Notre Dame

“This should be a fairly close game but when it comes down to it, Wake Forest isn’t very good. I’ll take the Irish by 5-10 points. ”

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Austin Gallagher, Staff Writer (15-8 ND Games) (66-46 Bonus Picks)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Wake Forest Demon Deacons: Notre Dame

“The Irish suffered a heart breaking loss against Miami, but look for this squad to rebound against Wake Forest. This is a game that the Irish should win, and assuredly need to win.”

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#12 Auburn Tigers at Florida Gators: Florida

Brad Wechter, Editor (15-8 ND Games) (61-51 Bonus Picks)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Wake Forest Demon Deacons: Notre Dame

“I don’t think the Irish will give up following another tough loss. They’ll go full-on desperation mode and hopefully the bad luck will ease up.”

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Ryan Kelley, Staff Writer (10-4 ND Games) (43-26 Bonus Picks)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Wake Forest Demon Deacons: Notre Dame

“Brey’s Boys will bounce back against Wake Forest after yet another close loss. They have two “easy” games in a row before taking on Virginia and they need to right the ship. Heading into the ACC tourney after winning two of the last three games would be huge with the hopeful return of Bonzie and DJ for the postseason.”

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#3 Villanova Wildcats at Creighton Blue Jays: Villanova

#8 Kansas Jayhawks at #6 Texas Tech Red Raiders: Kansas

#6 Gonzaga Bulldogs at BYU Cougars: Gonzaga

#12 Auburn Tigers at Florida Gators: Florida