Behind 17 points from junior Myles Davis, eight points, six rebounds, three steals and a block from junior Jalen Reynolds, nine points and a perfect night from the field from senior James Farr, and a vicious slam dunk by Edmond Sumner, the Musketeers defeated the Bearcats 65-55 to tie their best start in school history.
It wasn't particularly close from the jump as Xavier controlled the tempo and the lead from end to end. Cincinnati was never able to secure the lead after falling behind early and a raucous crowd ignited enough energy for Xavier to maintain a stranglehold over their arch nemesis from three miles away.
Here's what we learned from this matchup:
1. Xavier remains a legitimate threat in college basketball
The type of balance that X showcased on Saturday night is exactly why so many are starting to come around on this club. Two players notched double figure outputs with two others coming just a point shy away from double digits. They played strongly on the defensive side of the ball, holding Cincy to 40.4 percent from the field and just 26.9 percent from the 3-point line. They harassed their opponents, forcing 16 turnovers with eight steals and often times looked more athletic, stronger and just flat out better. Xavier is legit, and there's a good chance that the nation is going to start paying more attention.
2. Myles Davis came to play vs. Cincy again
Last season, Davis scored 12 in a tight contest against the Bearcats at Fifth Third Arena. This time around, Myles elevated his play even more against Xavier's arch rival. His 17 points are a career-high vs. Cincinnati and are a far cry from just five his freshman season. The Plainfield, New Jersey native was dynamic in almost all facets on Saturday evening, earning 'MVP' honors on KenPom.com for his play in the game.
3. Xavier continues to own Cincinnati
Here's something that'll make all Musketeer fans happy: X has won the last three matchups vs. Cincinnati. Further, they have won seven of the last nine, and eight of the last 11 between the two clubs. Though Cincy leads the all-time series 49-34 now after today's game, There's no denying who has the advantage in this rivalry in the last decade or so. X gon' give it to ya.