I'm going to drift away from UC women's basketball a bit to sing the praises of what we in Cincinnati have known for some time is one of the best rivalry games in the country: The annual Crosstown Shootout hardwood matchup between UC and Xavier University.
The Ultimate Sports List (www.tusl.com), a free social media-based website for sports travelers, has announced its top 150 sports events and venues in the world--and the annual UC-XU game is ranked number 104, ahead of IU's Little 500, the Belmont Stakes, Canton's Pro Football Hall of Fame and Big Blue Madness at the University of Kentucky.
We have seen some monumental matchups in the game over the years, and have seen a lot of NBA stars-to-be battle it out for city bragging rights. In fact, here's how the Ultimate Sports List describes it: "When the University of Cincinnati Bearcats gear up to face the Xavier Musketeers the city of Cincinnati takes a deep, anxious breath."
Bearcat great Oscar Robertson played in the middle of the 'Cats 12-game winning streak against the Muskies. UC followed up that streak four seasons later, with an eight-game winning streak. We've seen number one rankings fall, we've seen overtime battles, including a double overtime classic this past season.
No matter what the records, or what the rankings, the annual UC-XU game is one for the ages. And now, everyone else knows it, too.