Well, it’s back and at a better time according to the Gregorian Calendar (The game played in the beginning of the new year is better for the City with the Cincinnati Bengals playing till December and this game becomes a focus in January/February). The Cincinnati Bearcats and Xavier Musketeers meet once again and back on college campuses in a 10 year contract. The game is a part of ESPN’s Rivalry Week and the setting is set to bring back this rivalry.
After a 2 year hiatus of the games from the campus with downtown Cincinnati venue US Bank Arena, the Bearcats return to Fifth Third Arena for the first time since January 6, 2011.
This post will not be one of those smack talks post, but Twitter took care of that this week and The UC twitter account held ground with a unique reply to Xavier’s account.
I have links to other posts that bring in this week’s game, which once again took care of business with the smack talk.
Her Campus Cincinnati Rebuttal-Yours Truly makes an Appearance in #6
Bearcats Blog (Bloguin): The Worst of the Crosstown Shootouts, The 25 Best Crosstown Shootout Performances Since 2000, Inside The Numbers of The Crosstown Shootout, Talking Crosstown Shootout With the Enquirer’s Shannon Russell
Cincy On The Prowl (Fansided): Chronologic blog on Crosstown Shootout starting with the article Winning In The Front Court Key For Bearcats in Crosstown Shootout
Down The Drive (SB Nation)
Bearcats Sports Radio: University of Cincinnati blogger with media access. All content for Xavier-Cincinnati on main page.
Lots more on Twitter with the hashtags: #BeatXavier #BeatX
On to the actual Game.
Matchups and Players to Watch For Tonight.
Octavius Ellis vs Jalen Reynolds-Two fast and versatile forwards. Ellis was part of the 2011 altercation but says it is in the past and will play like it’s another opponent. Reynolds is one I’ve been hearing about lately and his great play lately, had foul troubles according to Xavier Sports writer Shannon Russell. The Cincinnati offense will look to target at Reynolds when driving the lane.
Matt Stainbrook-He might be picking you up one day. 6’10 center from Western Michigan, an efficient player on offense is Top 20 in Offensive Rating and True Shooting Percentage.
Troy Caupain-The called upon leader for the Bearcats. Point Guard has had a slumping February after a 20 point performance 3 weeks against Connecticut. This game could give him an opportunity to bounce back and lead the Bearcats back to their winning ways.
You really thought I would pick against my college and soon to be alma mater in December. I have classmates that are student athletes that would get a hang man set and fire if I picked against my school. Xavier has had a problem playing outside the friendly confines of Cintas Center and will face a defense that allows 55.2 PPG. There top ranking offense will break that 55.2, but a UC team that has gone 31-3 at home since 2013 will be a tough task.