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

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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Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Wes Miller looked ahead to the annual rivalry game against the Xavier Musketeers in a weekly pregame press conference!

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 Viktor Lakhin, Ody Oguama and Daniel Skillings Jr.

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

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

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

Lakhin leads the Bearcats with 15.4 points and 8.4 rebounds on 61.8 percent shooting from the field with five straight double digit scoring performances.

The annual clash against Xavier is a heated battle that extends beyond the court and captivates the attention of the in-state opponents every season.

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

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

Cincinnati Basketball: Bearcats aim to remain unbeaten in rivalry against Xavier

After starting the regular season with a 7-0 record, the Bearcats are aiming to remain undefeated at Xavier in the annual rivalry game this weekend!

Both programs are hoping to secure a memorable win in non-conference play as the long-time rivals prepare to meet on Saturday night at Cintas Center.

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.

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.

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