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OSU Coach Kevin McGuff facing former school in the Sweet 16

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COLUMBUS -- The Ohio State women are returning to the Bluegrass to continue their NCAA Tournament journey Friday against top seed Notre Dame.

The Bucks beat Western Kentucky and homestanding Kentucky in Lexington's Memorial Coliseum last weekend to earn their second straight trip to the Sweet 16 against the Fighting Irish.

The game is set to tip-off at 7 p.m. on Friday evening at legendary Rupp Arena in Lexington.

Notre Dame upended Robert Morris in the first round and the outlasted Purdue in overtime last Sunday night. Both of those games were on the Irish's home floor.

Interesting sub-plot for Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff who was hired at Notre dame by current head coach Mufffet McGraw and spent six seasons on the staff in South Bend.

It was not only his first assistant job at a Power 5 conference school where he helped the Irish to a pair of Final Four appearances and the program’s first National Championship in 2000-01, but he also met his wife Letitia while on the job.

Letitia played for the Irish as Letitia Bowen from 1991-95 and remains second on the program’s career rebounding list (999).

"Who's she rooting for ? She's rooting for us," McGuff said of wife Letitia "but a fair question."

While Letitia played before Kevin’s arrival in South Bend, she joined the Irish coaching staff and worked alongside Kevin for his six years.

While together, Kevin and Letitia coached teams that went to two Final Fours. Two members of those teams are current Notre Dame assistant coaches Beth (Morgan) Cunningham and Niele Ivey.

Current Notre Dame associate head coach Carol Owens was also a member of the Irish coaching staff during the National Championship run in 2000-01.

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