Crosstown Shootout is much more than just a basketball game

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Crosstown Shootout is exciting, competitive, but most of all it's a bitter rivalry.

"We always look forward to the Crosstown Shootout, it's an awesome local tradition," said Danika Mcleod, Xavier cheerleader.

It's a tradition that has lasted more than 3/4 of a century and when you hear the cheers, talk to the fans, and see students camped out for days to see their team play, you realize quickly this is no ordinary game.

"You have the rivalry, we are five miles apart so it's kind of cool seeing the whole city come together," said Morgan Laumann, UC cheerleader.

"Tomorrow, nothing else will matter but the game," said Kelsey Reddy, Xavier Cheerleader. "It's the one thing that everybody is excited about. I can't wait."

Due to an incident several years ago, the Cincinnati Bearcat cheerleading squad can't travel to cheer at the Cintas Center. So some plan to cheer from the stands and in front of their TVs while watching the game.

"We're really bummed we can't go, but we are getting together to watch the game," said Laumann. "We have an early practice so we can be there."

The Crosstown Shootout tips off at 12:30pm at the Cintas Center.

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