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Cincy, Xavier bringing Crosstown Shootout back to campus arenas

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

The president of the University of Cincinnati passed along news Monday that will bring delight to most Xavier and Cincinnati basketball fans.

After a two-year trial period, the game will no longer be promoted as the "Crosstown Classic," a quickly altered, PR-minded slogan in wake of that infamous brawl between the teams in 2011.

So it's back to being the Crosstown Shootout.

Though the rivalry was not halted, the Crosstown Classic was bemoaned for its neutral-court surroundings the past two seasons. For most of its history, the game was held on the campuses of Cincinnati and Xavier. And while there were initially some conversations about even continuing/not continuing the series after the brawl, cooler heads prevailed and the teams met annually.

Fans accepted that and somewhat-accepted playing the games on a neutral court, at US Bank Arena. But both sides wanted a return to what the series offered: intra-city basketball at both teams' digs.

So starting next season, it's a 10-year contract for the two, with the Bearcats getting first hosting duties. One of the best rivalries in the sport just got a return to its proper stage(s), and hoops fans in the Queen City have to be thrilled.

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