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Notre Dame Basketball: Virginia Staff Picks

Notre Dame has a very huge and very difficult opportunity to reinsert themselves into the NCAA Tournament bubble discussion with a game at #1 Virginia today

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Pat Rick, Editor (18-7 ND Games) (74-48 Bonus Picks)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish at #1 Virginia Cavaliers: Notre Dame

“There is absolutely no joy or fun in picking the #1 team in the country to win on Senior Day at home against my beloved Irish. So, let’s get crazy with this.

Nikola Djogo will hit four threes. Austin Torres will bury multiple free throws. Rex Pflueger will shoot with confidence. Elijah Burns will play flawless offensive basketball. TJ Gibbs and Matt Farrell will combine for 15+ assists and 8+ deep balls. John “Mutton” Mooney will rediscover his shot. DJ Harvey will get his knee healed by Mr. Miyagi and pull off that Crane move on Ty Jerome. BONZIE will be BONZIE and absolutely destroy Tony Bennett’s pack line defense.

And, last but obviously not least, Martinas ‘The Bird Whisperer’ Geben will thunder-dunk all over Jack Salt, who people forget was the guy Virginia took in that class over Geben, who obviously chose ND instead.”

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#23 Kentucky Wildcats @ Florida Gators: Kentucky

Virginia Tech Hokies @ Miami Hurricanes: Miami

#15 Michigan Wolverines vs. #2 Michigan State Spartans (Big Ten Tourney): Michigan State

Louisville Cardinals @ NC State Wolfpack: NC State

#9 North Carolina Tar Heels @ #5 Duke Blue Devils: Duke

Bobby Norell, Editor (18-7 ND Games) (70-52 Bonus Picks)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish at #1 Virginia Cavaliers: Virginia

“Even with Bonzie back, I can’t see ND going into UVA and taking down the No. 1 team. Too much defense from UVA.”

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#23 Kentucky Wildcats @ Florida Gators: Florida

Virginia Tech Hokies @ Miami Hurricanes: Virginia Tech

#15 Michigan Wolverines vs. #2 Michigan State Spartans (Big Ten Tourney): Michigan State

Louisville Cardinals @ NC State Wolfpack: NC State

#9 North Carolina Tar Heels @ #5 Duke Blue Devils: North Carolina

Jeff Czerniakowski, Staff Writer (17-8 ND Games) (78-44 Bonus Picks)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish at #1 Virginia Cavaliers: Notre Dame

“I think this game matters a lot more to the Irish. The ACC is locked up for Virginia and they are coming off an emotional win against Louisville. This is the perfect upset recipe for ND. ”

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#23 Kentucky Wildcats @ Florida Gators: Kentucky

Virginia Tech Hokies @ Miami Hurricanes: Miami

#15 Michigan Wolverines vs. #2 Michigan State Spartans (Big Ten Tourney): Michigan

Louisville Cardinals @ NC State Wolfpack: NC State

#9 North Carolina Tar Heels @ #5 Duke Blue Devils: North Carolina

Austin Gallagher, Staff Writer (17-8 ND Games) (73-49 Bonus Picks)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish at #1 Virginia Cavaliers: Virginia

“While I would love to see the Irish pull off the upset here, Virginia is good. Like, really good. UVA’s ridiculously sturdy defense and reliable offense will be too much for Notre Dame to handle.”

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#23 Kentucky Wildcats @ Florida Gators: Kentucky

Virginia Tech Hokies @ Miami Hurricanes: Virginia Tech

#15 Michigan Wolverines vs. #2 Michigan State Spartans (Big Ten Tourney): Michigan State

Louisville Cardinals @ NC State Wolfpack: NC State

#9 North Carolina Tar Heels @ #5 Duke Blue Devils: Duke

Brad Wechter, Editor (17-8 ND Games) (67-55 Bonus Picks)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish at #1 Virginia Cavaliers: Virginia

“I fully expect the Irish to bring forth a valiant effort and stay in the game until about halfway through the second half. Cavs by 12.”

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#23 Kentucky Wildcats @ Florida Gators: Florida

Virginia Tech Hokies @ Miami Hurricanes: Miami

#15 Michigan Wolverines vs. #2 Michigan State Spartans (Big Ten Tourney): Michigan State

Louisville Cardinals @ NC State Wolfpack: NC State

#9 North Carolina Tar Heels @ #5 Duke Blue Devils: Duke