Cincinnati, OH (FOX19) - Both teams are coming off NCAA tournament appearances and now both Xavier and the University of Cincinnati start the 2011-2012 season ranked in the preseason Top 25.
The Muskies are picked 15th in the first ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, with UC checking in at #22. XU finished last season ranked 20th in the final AP poll after a 24-8 season.
The Muskies return the team's leading scorer and third team All American Tu Holloway.
The Bearcats and Muskies meet on the court in the annual Crosstown Shootout on December 10th.