Dec 19, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats guard JaQuon Parker (44) drives to the basket against Xavier Musketeers guard Dee Davis (11) in the second half at U.S. Bank Arena. The Bearcats defeated the Musketeers 60-45. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Xavier Musketeers, Cincinnati Bearcats hope to continue hoops rivalry

Two years ago, a brawl erupted at the end of a game between the Xavier Musketeers and Cincinnati Bearcats and there was talk of ending the rivalry.

The two teams met last season (Cincinnati won 60-45) and will play again on December 14, but haven’t decided about the continuation of the rivalry. Both last year’s game and this year’s game were moved off campus because of the fight.

Both schools want to continue to play, but aren’t sure where to play the game.

Usually, the teams alternate between campuses, which are only about two-and-a-half miles apart.

“Long-term, what we’ve talked about is certainly continuing to play the game,” Cincinnati Athletic Director Whit Babcock told the Associated Press. “Neither one of us has a desire to end that series.

“The big question is where the heck are you going to play, and that we haven’t ironed out. We’ve left it at, `Hey, we want to see how this second year goes down there.”

Both the Bearcats and Musketeers have started the season a perfect 3-0.



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