Crosstown Shootout 12/2

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In my opinion, the Crosstown Shootout is one of the top 5 best rivalries in present day sports.  It is by far the most underrated on a national coverage basis even though it is the second biggest NCAA basketball rivalry behind Duke/UNC.  They only play once a year, since they are not in a conference together, which helps make it an even bigger once a year spectacle (Note: When XU was an independent they faced twice a year from 1948 to 1958).  The biggest drawback this year is they decided to schedule the game on NCAAF conference championship weekend.  This has led to a tip time of 12:00pm ET.  This game should be on an empty weekend so it can be a prime-time tip or on a weeknight to give it the extra special feel that it deserves.  Final exams are coming up next week at UC and would have given them another reason to avoid scheduling the game for this week.

These are two of the top 20 college basketball programs in the country right now and separated by just a few miles.  The schools have a divided fan base that typically do not like each other.  Xavier is a private Catholic university while UC is a public state university.  The teams have played 84 times with Cincinnati leading the battle 50-34.  The UC Bearcats dominated the series from the mid 1950’s through the 1970s with Xavier only winning twice.  Xavier has had a stretch of trying to even up the all-time record by winning 13 of the last 20 match-ups.

The 2011 Crosstown Shootout was quite memorable for all the wrong reasons.  There was a nasty brawl with 9.6 seconds left in a blowout Xavier win.  The brawl consisted of throats grabs, shoves, punches, basketball launched at someone’s head and a stomp on the back of the head.  The three years prior to this brawl really started the build up to this blow up.  During the match-ups from 2008-2010 there were 9 technical fouls, an ejection, UC clearing their bench early in a game and multiple heated incidents.

The current XU and UC teams seem to play with more respect and less hatred than in the past.  This leads to a better experience as we focus on the game and rivalry and not a bunch of incidents that do not belong in basketball.

The Bearcats won last year’s match-up 86-78 even though Trevon Bluiett had an incredible performance with 40 points.  The Bearcats have not won at the Cintas Center since 2001, which is their only victory there ever.

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I Watched Rudy Today and I Didn’t Cry

Ok, that’s a lie. I cried. It’s kind of impossible not to when you sit down and think about it. Unless you’re a robot or have never competed in athletics and don’t know the hard work that goes into having the slightest bit of success. Sure, you may have gotten a promotion a few years before me because of hard work, but that doesn’t compare to the daily grind of trying to be successful in a violent sport, nerd. Continue reading

Cincinnati Bearcat Basketball Highlights to Pump You Up

Your #12 Cincinnati Bearcats tip off Friday at noon against NCAA powerhouse Savannah State.  The boys are looking good from what I’ve seen of the Red and Black scrimmage, and the two exhibition blowouts.  This is going to be Mick’s best team, with the addition of Cane Broome, and the return of Cumberland, Evans, Gary Clark (problem), and lefty post specialist Kyle Washington.  I’m going to argue that Cumberland and Evans are NBA bound, possibly after this season.  I can’t blame them; if they have spectacular seasons, make that money while you can.

With the new season starting up, here’s a look back at last years highlights:

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Nati Boys #15: College Football Kickoff Show

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On this episode of The Nati Boys podcast, Jefe gets fired up about the Vontaze Burfict suspension (we talk a little sense into him), the Browns are still the laughing stock of the NFL, and Matthew Stafford has got a decent amount of money coming his way.  We also give you our College Football Playoff final four predictions with games kicking of Thursday.  Our fantasy draft on this episode is what we would blow our money on with our first purchases after we got our huge pro sports contract.

Intro music provided by: http://www.bensound.com