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OU, Notre Dame develop a high-stakes rivalry

BY MIKE BALDWIN Modified: March 25, 2011 at 8:02 pm •  Published: March 25, 2011

Is it a coincidence the Sooners and Irish ended up in the same regional again?

"I think the (NCAA Tournament) committee likes good television,” said Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw. “We've had two great games. Hopefully, this will be another one."

Notre Dame senior forward Devereaux Peters watched from the bench in 2008 but played a key reserve role last season.

Peters said playing OU will “add to the excitement” but said the Sooners are a much different team.

"They shoot a lot of 3's after having a huge post presence last year and obviously my freshman year (with Courtney Paris),” Peters said. “We've also changed. We push it more in transition and play a lot more man-to-man (defense).

“We've got to stay on the 3-point line because if they hit 3's that will keep them in the game. And if we can slow down Robinson that will help a lot.”

These seniors actually have played three times.

Notre Dame defeated OU in the Virgin Islands tournament last season. Four months later, the Sooners won when it counted most.

"It's one of those situations they've probably posted it in their locker room all season," Roethlisberger said. "We know they're gunning for us. But we're not ready to go home, either. I'm a senior. I'm not ready to go out early like they did last year."