Cincinnati vs. Xavier: The Battle for Cincinnati's Best Arena

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Cincinnati vs. Xavier: The Battle for Cincinnati's Best Arena
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The Crosstown Classic is one of the biggest rivalry games in college basketball. Two schools that are fewer than 20 minutes apart from one another, the Cincinnati Bearcats and Xavier Musketeers have battled each year since 1946 to take the honors of who reigns supreme in hoops in "The Queen City."

The Bearcats hold the all-time series lead, 49-31. They've also got the best of Xavier lately, dominating them this season, 60-45, and winning two of the last three of this game.

However, Xavier does have some counterpoints to UC. The Musketeers have won nine of the last 15, have made seven consecutive NCAA Tournaments and also have the newer arena of the two.

That is what this article is about in this rivalry—Fifth Third Arena (Cincinnati) vs. the Cintas Center (Xavier). These are two college basketball venues that ranked amongst the top 60 last season in average attendance, and even on a night like Wednesday, January 30th, when both teams are hosting conference foes in town, they still draw fans into the stadiums.

They also drew the eye of one media member who couldn't resist the opportunity to attend two Division I basketball games in one night and check out the difference between these two venues.

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