Dec 14, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Xavier Musketeers forward Isaiah Philmore (31) shoots during the first half against the Cincinnati Bearcats at the US Bank Arena. Xavier defeated Cincinnati 64-47. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Bearcats Don’t Need Xavier


Following Monday’s announcement that the Crosstown Shootout would return to a home and home format to be played on campus at both UC and Xavier, the internet immediately blew up. Twitter, the source of all the world’s opinions immediately took off. The conclusion, Cincinnati does not need to play Xavier, and Mick Cronin might not be happy, and Mike Bohn needs to grow a pain.

The main conclusion is that Xavier needs to play Cincinnati more than Cincinnati needs to play Xavier. Essentially Cincinnati gave in and allowed the game to return to a home and home. Bearcat head coach Mick Cronin did not want to return to this format, new Athletic Director Mike Bohn apparently did.

For the last two seasons the game has been played at US Bank Arena, a neutral site that took all the excitement out of the game. Last season the game was held over Christmas break, no students were in town, the atmosphere was dead. Moving the game back to campus in February will ensure the students are there to bring the atmosphere back.

Personally, I could care less where the game is played. I also could care less if we ever play Xavier again, in all honesty I want Louisville twice a year. Xavier has been, and always will be, the little brother to UC. A few years of recent mediocre success does not make you a power-house. Playing in a down trodden Big East also does not mean you are a power program. If this game is going to be played though, it needs to be a home and home.

The hostile environment of Fifth Third Arena is incredible, beating Xavier in front of the home crowd is even better. Hell, even playing at the Cintas, the atmosphere is light-years better than US Bank. I understand why Cronin wanted to leave the game at US Bank, as a student I’m glad it is moving back to campus.

Cincinnati plays in a conference that sent four teams to the NCAA Tournament, SMU got massively snubbed. Connecticut went on to win the National Championship. The Bearcats do not need a game against Xavier to bolster their out of conference schedule. Xavier plays in a conference that had two decent teams in 2013-2014. A conference that put three teams into the tournament, one into the play-in game. Cincinnati does not need Xavier.

The move back to campus was all about tickets and sponsors. Cincinnati AD Mike Bohn said so, he also said it was about the players and television. One thing not mentioned, the students. In case you have never been to a college basketball game the students set the mood, the atmosphere for the game. To ignore them is the wrong move.

People have questioned UC’s hiring of Bohn, pissing off Mick Cronin is not a way to win over fans. Cincinnati fans have been immensely loyal to Cronin, he is the only man over the last 8 years to show any sort of loyalty to the university. Bohn’s days here in Cincinnati may already be numbered.

For now though we will play Xavier every year for the next 10 years. A rivalry game against a so-so school is wonderful, as fans though we should be focused on conference play and advancing in the tournament.

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  • Ron Fulton

    I am a UC fan since 1947. But to dis Xavier like this is wrong. Are you forgetting that X had a top 10 recruiting class this year and what has Cronin done. His prized recruit has left the propram and UC recruiting is far down the line. Don’t get me wrong I love UC but I am no fan of Cronin. His loyalty is great but his coaching capabilities are not so great. Just my opinion.

    • bearcats4

      No we’re not forgetting anything, we remember you sorry azz, hit the road X is waitting for you

      • Ron Fulton

        You should learn to respect your elders. But what can you expect from someone majoring in basket weaving and probably taking advantage of his parent good intentions.

        • bearcats4

          You’re not my elder, you’re my and Cincy Bearcats pain in the azz

          • Ron Fulton

            Truth hurts. Cronin is not the man for the job.

          • bearcats4

            WE see it hurts you that Coach Cronin is doing Great, Cronin is here for the long haul, lot longer that you and I have living years left. But at least I’ll be one happy Cincy Bearcats fan and supporter. You on the other hand not so much, sadness, followed by some more sadness. Go Cronin , best coach in NCAA Basketball.

          • Ron Fulton

            Dreaming again.

          • bearcats4

            Cronin, Cronin, Cronin, Cronin, Cronin, Cronin

          • Austin Giwer

            looks like cronin made you look stupid years ago by the way wheres hugs been?

    • Matt Niehaus

      I wouldn’t call Jermaine Lawrence a ‘prized recruit’. Much more excited about Gary Clark. Like you Ron this article is just my opinion.

      • Ron Fulton

        Lawrence was rated the 19th best player coming out and Cronin hyped him as the next Big O. So Matt, I don’t understand how you come to the conclusion that he wasn’t a prized recruit. If he transfers to a major school and becomes the star that was predicted for him, would you consider that Cronin was at least a little responsible for his failure? It seems that our disagreement over Cronin’s abilities are apparent.

        • Austin Giwer

          who cares kilpatrick was a 3 star if thats honestly your basis for not liking cronin then honestly thats ridiculous. what has x who has had good class last few years got them? recruiting rankings mean jack unless your like 5 schools

  • bearcats4

    Great article, couln’t have said it better.