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Three miles, two schools, one punch

Can the ugly brawl between Xavier and Cincinnati kill a hoops tradition six decades in the making?

Updated: August 13, 2012, 3:25 PM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN The Magazine

WALT McBRIDE knows the Crosstown Shootout: the buildup, the intensity, the hate. He was a Xavier forward 27 years ago when a Cincinnati player unloaded on a teammate as the two ran down the court. He has lived in the Queen City nearly his entire life, coached high school basketball there for 12 years and sent players to schools both local and out of state. But he has never felt anything like the tension he is feeling right now in the latest battle between these two teams. It is ...

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