Every year, Xavier and Cincinnati meet in the Crosstown Shootout.
This year, though, it may very well be bigger than ever. It's the first time being back in the Cintas Center since the infamous brawl four years ago, and both teams are ranked going into the game for just the second time ever.
We thought it would be a fun idea to have fans, from both sides, sum up what the rivalry means to them. Below are the responses we got.
@becb_sbn It may be trite, but if X can only win 1 more game, it's the Shootout. Both sides almost view it as a way of life is on the line.— Mike Lindeman (@AnotherMikeL) December 8, 2015
@becb_sbn it means shutting up my Xavier fan "friends" for an entire year. City bragging rights. Proving that UC is the #1 program in Cincy.— NatiBuck513 (@NatiBuck513) December 8, 2015
@becb_sbn As Tu Holloway once put it, "we went out there and we zipped em up".— Andy Shenk (@AndyShenk) December 9, 2015
@becb_sbn been to every home Crosstown shootout game (Xavier) since I was little. Go muskies— JR (@JRR_41) December 9, 2015
@becb_sbn City divided. Most bitter rivalry in sports. Pure hatred, no love lost. I went to OSU and OSU/UM doesnt compare in terms of hate.— Musketeer Musings (@MuskieMusings) December 9, 2015