Cincinnati Basketball: Bearcats take on Xavier with chance to snap losing skid in rivalry

Cincinnati Bearcats host rival Xavier Musketeers in the Crosstown Shootout at Fifth Third Arena.
Cincinnati Bearcats host rival Xavier Musketeers in the Crosstown Shootout at Fifth Third Arena. /
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As the Crosstown Shootout rivalry approaches in the coming days, the Cincinnati Bearcats hope to snap a 4-game losing skid against the Xavier Musketeers!

Fans should expect a tightly contested game as the Bearcats face Xavier for the 91st time, with a new chapter of the bitter rivalry just around the corner.

It will be important for the Bearcats to get off to a quality start in the opening minutes and neutralize the crowd as Xavier tries to protect their building.

The annual clash against Xavier is a heated battle that extends beyond the court and captivates the attention of the entire city of Cincinnati every year.

Cincinnati Basketball: Bearcats take on Xavier with chance to snap skid in rivalry

  • Date: Saturday, December 9 at 6:30 PM
  • Location: Cintas Center in Cincinnati
  • Series History: Bearcats lead 51-39
  • TV Broadcast: FS1 and fuboTV

Make sure to preview the upcoming matchup with Xavier including the newest odds, players to watch, pregame quotes and more prior to tip off this week!

Players to watch are Cincinnati veteran guards CJ Fredrick and DaVeon Thomas, and frontcourt mates Aziz Bandaogo, Viktor Lakhin and Daniel Skillings Jr.

Skillings brought a ton of energy off the bench and was an integral part of the Bearcats blowing past several non-conference opponents in recent weeks.

Xavier is fueled by dynamic backcourt trio Desmond Claude, Dayvion McKnight and Quincy Olivari, along with forwards Gytis Nemeiksa and Abou Ousmane.

Cincinnati Basketball: Wes Miller looks ahead to the annual battle with Xavier

During a recent press conference earlier this week, Cincinnati head coach Wes Miller looked ahead to the Crosstown Shootout via Bearcats Athletics.

Stay tuned for coverage as Cincinnati gets ready for the Crosstown Shootout this week with a chance to end a 4-game losing streak against the Musketeers.

The Bearcats are coming off a blowout victory over Florida Gulf Coast, while Xavier has lost three games in a row including a recent loss against Delaware.

With a chance to keep the unblemished record intact, Cincinnati must avoid costly turnovers and protect the paint against rival Xavier on Saturday evening!

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