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The campuses of the Cincinnati Bearcats and Xavier Musketeers are only 3½ miles apart, and since 1928, it has been a neighborhood rivalry, a city rivalry, and one of the most intense rivalries in college sports.In Bill Koch’s “Inside the Crosstown Shootout: Cincinnati vs. Xavier—The Rivalry That Captivates a City,” this annual winter rite is told through the eyes of the players and coaches who have competed against each other since 1980. You will read about the animosity between some of the coaches and the closeness of fiercely opposing players. You’ll get the inside story on the 2011 fight that almost caused a hiatus in the rivalry and relive the upsets, game-winning shots, memorable performances, and much more.

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