CINNCINATI – Xavier showcased more than their ability to remain consistent against the University of Cincinnati while also nationally ranked, growing that record to 8-0; the Musketeers demonstrated an ever-developing sense of maturity in the face of pressure on Saturday that should be expected of them from this point on.
Jalen began the game soaring, Myles facially declared their determination and Trevon was willing and able to act on these actions; every man, woman and child in the Cintas Center felt the magic in the air, as the team began casting spells early.
Cincinnati never led in the game, much less inched their way to the lead in less than four points. Xavier was on a mission, and they refused to let up.
Admittedly, there were moments in which flashbacks of these two teams 2011 meeting seemed seconds away from repeating themselves. However, Xavier’s newfound maturity furthered the belief that not only are they a better team than most heads and outlets thought they would be, but seemingly the best Xavier has ever seen.
Though, this is not to say that is a negative, more so a representation of the Cincinnati’s evolving, general consensus that this season is memorable, an oral tradition that will spread through campus and city life sensationally for years to come.
The inherent theatrical nature of the series was so present that when Xavier’s 42-26 halftime lead was solidified, it took shape as both its cliffhanger and mini-climax; Xavier displayed such complete control that the idea of a loss quickly became blasphemous, fictional.
Making it to 10-0 is an accomplishment in itself, but entering national rankings at #9 invites a new opportunity full of hopes and expectations that haven’t been felt this early in a Xavier season since the last time the Crosstown Shootout was played at their humble abode.
Xavier is now the highest ranked team in the Big East which means there is a target on their back. Xavier has always been a high quality team that goes under the radar but they cannot do that this year being in the top 10 of the AP poll. If Xavier keeps their mojo going into the start of conference play they will be tough for any team to stop.
Zip ‘em up.