The city's storied basketball rivalry is back in a very different format.
When Xavier and Cincinnati played last season, their annual crosstown game ended with punches and punishments - four players from each team suspended. The small Catholic school and large public school, separated by only 2 1/2 miles, spent the rest of the season dealing with the black mark on their reputations and one of the city's marquee sporting events.
The overriding question: Should the rivalry end?
It'll be renewed on Wednesday night in a different setting. The game has been moved away from the campuses, bringing fans of both schools together in the stands at a downtown arena.
The mood is different, too. There's been no trash talking between Xavier (7-2) and No. 11 Cincinnati (10-0). Both teams are avoiding talk of the brawl as well, wishing they could move beyond it.
A good, clean game on Wednesday night would go a long way.
''It was a regrettable moment,'' Xavier coach Chris Mack said. ''We lived ...