Crosstown Classic Schedule
College basketball fans in Cincinnati generally fall into one of two categories: Xavier
Musketeers fans or Cincinnati Bearcats fans. Each year fans of both schools anxiously await the release of the college basketball
schedule so they can circle the date of the Crosstown Classic on their calendar and see these two rivals collide. The two
schools both have proud basketball traditions including deep runs in the NCAA Tournament and several alumni going on to successful
careers in the NBA.
This year in the 78th annual Crosstown Classic fans might expect a little more bitter blood than
usual after last year's event resulted in an on the court brawl that led to ejections and suspensions. You cannot say that
the players on both sides take this rivalry lightly. December 14, 2013 is the date for this season's Crosstown Classic and
its placement early in the college basketball season means that it could well give fans an idea of what to expect from both
sides as the season unfolds. Do not miss this incredible match up as two long-standing rivals face off for bragging rights
in the city.
About the Teams
To date Cincinnati holds the advantage in the match up with a 47-30 record
in the Crosstown Classic, however Xavier has won 11 of the past 15 games and is looking to further improve their record. Xavier
has made the Sweet Sixteen eight times including last season and will be looking to go even further this year. The program
has also produced several successful NBA players, most recently Brian Grant and David West. While Xavier has been the more
successful program in recent years, Cincinnati is certainly in possession of a more storied history. The university boasts
back to back National Championships in 1961 and 1962 which were sandwiched in the middle of a run of five consecutive Final
Fours and followed by a loss in the 1963 National Championship Game. The school once again made the Final Four in 1992. In
addition to current NBA players like Jason Maxiel and Kenyon Martin, Cincinnati produced arguably the best all-around basketball
player in history, the Big O, Oscar Robertson.
College basketball is an experience like
no other. Featuring some of the best student athletes in the world along with some of the most passionate fans in all of sports,
the games have an atmosphere that is unrivaled. When you set foot into US Bank Arena for Crosstown Classic this will all be
clear. As the teams set up for opening tip off the fans stand up and vociferously cheer for their favorite side. The game
continues full of back and forth action, big time shots, and clutch defensive stops. Before you know it the clock is winding
down in the second half and the two sides are wrapped up in yet another tight contest. Your palms get sweaty with each trip
down the floor and each time a player from your favorite team lets loose a shot you hold your breath until the ball tickles
the twine. This continues until the final buzzer when the winning side erupts after another big win and their fans flow out
of the arena in jubilation. Whether the winner is Xavier or Cincinnati fans from both sides will have had a memorable time
and will be eagerly awaiting a rematch in next year's Crosstown Classic.
is an event well known to even casual sports fans who end up filling out brackets at work or with friends. The ubiquity of
the brackets in March turns millions of sports fans into wannabe college hoops experts but really the only way to know what
you are talking about come tournament time is to follow the season from the start, seeing how certain teams match up and what
could be the fatal flaw of a serious contender who is doomed to fall to a Cinderella in March. The one and done nature of
the postseason tournament gives every school that makes the field a chance and this is precisely what makes NCAA basketball
such a thrill.
Until this season Crosstown Classic had been known as the Crosstown Shootout. For
a few years it was sponsored by Skyline Chili and known as the Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout. NCAA basketball is steeped
in history including several deep-seated rivalries like the one between Cincinnati and Xavier. P.E. teacher James Naismith
is given credit as the creator of basketball and the story has it that he came up with the sport when he was tasked with finding
a way to keep the track team in shape without risking injury. He was working at the YMCA International Training School at
the time which would go on to become Springfield College. Hence the first game that Naismith had the track members play, on
December 21, 1891 could be seen also as the first ever college basketball game.