The Crosstown Shootout is an annual men's college basketball game played between the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University. The two schools are separated by 3 miles (4.8 km) in Cincinnati, making the archrivalry the closest major rivalry in the country. The game was first played in 1927, and has been played every year since 1946. In recent years, the game has been sponsored by Skyline Chili. UC currently leads the series with a record of 48–31, but Xavier has won 11 of the last 15.
Throughout its history, the game has been played at six different venues including the Armory Fieldhouse and Fifth Third Arena on the UC campus; and the Cintas Center and Schmidt Field House on the Xavier campus. However, the majority of the games have been played at two other sites—Cincinnati Gardens and U.S. Bank Arena. The Gardens has served as the regular home court for both schools at different times, and was even shared by both teams for a brief period in the late 1980s; U.S. Bank Arena was UC's home court from 1976–87 when it was known as Riverfront Coliseum.
The 2011 game was marred at the end by a bench-clearing brawl. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported on May 22, 2012 that due to the brawl, the game would be held at U.S. Bank Arena in the next two seasons. After those two games, the behavior of players and fans will be reevaluated, determining whether the series will continue. On June 14, Both schools held a joint press conference at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center announcing that The annual rivalry will now be called "Skyline Chili Crosstown Classic" and will be held on December 19th at U.S. Bank Arena. Part of the proceeds from the game will now also benefit the Freedom Center. The teams say they wanted to return the emphasis of the game to the city and its riverfront. The changes will be in effect for a two year trial period with annual reassessments. a new logo will be made.
1963-64: A series-high 45 points was scored by Xavier's Steve Thomas, but Cincinnati's Ron Bonham scored 35 en-route to a 94-92 Bearcats victory.  The 186 combined points is still the most in series history.
1996-97: The Cincinnati Bearcats were ranked #1 in the country and were largely considered frontrunners for the national championship by several media outlets, including Sports Illustrated. Xavier's Lenny Brown made a running one-hander at the buzzer to propel Xavier to a 71-69 win. Both teams made it to the NCAA Second Round. 
1999-00: Again the Bearcats were ranked #1 in the country. And again Xavier defeated Cincinnati 66-64 in the final moments of the game on two free throws and a breakaway dunk by Kevin Frey.  Both teams made the NCAA tournament.
2011-12: Xavier, ranked #8 in the country, handily beat the Bearcats 76-53. But the focus of the game was the bench-clearing brawl which resulted in the game ending with 9.4 seconds left and the subsequent suspensions of four Bearcat players and four Musketeer players.  Despite speculation that the rivalry would cease to exist following the brawl, UC President Greg Williams stated to the Sporting News, "Every indication is that we are going to play next year."  Both teams made it to the Sweet Sixteen of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
The rivalry between Cincinnati and Xavier is regarded as one of the best in the game. The two schools' short distance apart has distinguished it as a proximity rivalry. From 1990 through 2011, the game alternated between Xavier's and Cincinnati's campus arenas on a yearly basis. ESPN's Jay Bilas was quoted as saying, "Cincinnati and Xavier have created a rivalry that is unparalleled when it comes to outright passion and civic division." 
In 1990 a local TV station refused to interrupt their coverage of the Cincinnati-Xavier game for the 1990 State of the Union address . 
The game is widely regarded as one of the hottest tickets in town every year. Nick Lachey, a Cincinnati native and an avid Bearcats supporter, has been a regular at the Crosstown Shootout. The game is also regularly attended by local legends and sports icons Pete Rose and basketball great and former Bearcat Oscar Robertson.
|2010–11||Cincinnati||66||Xavier||46||Fifth Third Arena|
|2008–09||Xavier||76||Cincinnati||66||Fifth Third Arena|
|2006–07||Cincinnati||67||Xavier||57||Fifth Third Arena|
|2004–05||Cincinnati||65||Xavier||54||Fifth Third Arena|
|2002–03||Xavier||50||Cincinnati||44||Fifth Third Arena|
|2000–01||Xavier||69||Cincinnati||67||Fifth Third Arena|
|1998–99||Cincinnati||87||Xavier||77||Fifth Third Arena|
|1996–97||Xavier||71||Cincinnati||69||Fifth Third Arena|
|1994–95||Cincinnati||87||Xavier||80||Fifth Third Arena|
|1992–93||Cincinnati||78||Xavier||67||Fifth Third Arena|
|1990–91||Cincinnati||69||Xavier||56||Fifth Third Arena|
|Xavier||71||Cincinnati||64||Schmidt Field House|
|1947–48||Cincinnati||52||Xavier||45||Schmidt Field House|
|1946–47||Cincinnati||76||Xavier||51||Schmidt Field House|
|1945–46||Cincinnati||53||Xavier||39||Schmidt Field House|
|1942–43||Xavier||51||Cincinnati||37||Schmidt Field House|
|1927–28||Xavier||29||Cincinnati||25||Schmidt Field House|
- ^ The accuracy of this statement depends on the definition of a "major rivalry". The conferences of the teams in the Crosstown Shootout—the Atlantic 10 (Xavier) and Big East (Cincinnati)—are generally considered as "major" basketball conferences. However, a number of other pairs of NCAA Division I schools are at least as close to one another as are Cincinnati and Xavier:
- Belmont University and Lipscomb University, both mid-major schools in Nashville, are slightly closer to one another than are Cincinnati and Xavier. They have an active rivalry in most sports; the men's and women's basketball version is known as the "Battle of the Boulevard".
- Belmont is even closer to the city's one major program, Vanderbilt University—the two schools' arenas are less than 1.5 miles (2.4 km) apart by road. However, they do not regularly play in basketball.
- Vanderbilt and Tennessee State University, yet another Nashville mid-major, are about the same distance apart as are Cincinnati and Xavier. However, this pair also does not regularly play in basketball.
- In the Boston area, Boston University is about 2 miles (3.2 km) (as measured by arena-to-arena distance) from two of its biggest rivals—Harvard University and Northeastern University. In basketball, all three schools are considered mid-majors. However, in ice hockey, these schools are all major programs, and along with Boston College have a storied rivalry that manifests itself in the annual Beanpot tournament.
- The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) and Drexel University, also regarded as mid-majors, directly adjoin one another in Philadelphia. However, since Drexel is not part of the five-way Philadelphia-area rivalry known as the Big 5, it does not play Penn or the other Philadelphia schools every season. None of the Big 5 schools are as close to one another as UC and Xavier.
- ^ Koch, Bill (May 22, 2012). "Exclusive: Crosstown Shootout set for U.S. Bank Arena". The Cincinnati Enquirer. http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20120521/SPT01/305210101/Exclusive-Crosstown-Shootout-set-U-S-Bank-Arena?odyssey=mod. Retrieved May 22, 2012.
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- ^ "UC players apologize for bench-clearing brawl". http://www.fox19.com/story/16301143/xav.
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