Rivalry Breakdown: Xavier vs. Cincinnati

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Rivalry Breakdown: Xavier vs. Cincinnati
Al Behrman/Associated Press

With barely four miles between them, Xavier and Cincinnati have had more than enough friction to generate one of the most intense series in college hoops. It’s much more than just a local story, too, with both participants making routine appearances in the Top 25, as well as the NCAA tournament.

Xavier was the team riding high in the polls two seasons ago, when the No. 8 Musketeers routed Cincy 76-53 in 39 minutes and 50.6 seconds. All the attention, however, went to those last 9.4 seconds, left unplayed after a bench-clearing brawl that nearly caused the annual showdown to be taken off the schedule for the first time in 70 years.

Read on for more of the contentious history of the Crosstown Classic (formerly Crosstown Shootout), along with all the players, games and moments that have made the Queen City a haven for hoops fans.

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