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Xavier, No. 11 Cincinnati renew rivalry in different format after brawl ended last game

  • Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin, right, gives instructions to Sean Kilpatrick during an NCAA college basketball against Marshall on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Charleston, W.Va. Kilpatrick scored 13 points in the Bearcats' 72-56 victory. (AP Photo/Randy Snyder)

    Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin, right, gives instructions to Sean Kilpatrick during an NCAA college basketball against Marshall on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Charleston, W.Va. Kilpatrick scored 13 points in the Bearcats' 72-56 victory. (AP Photo/Randy Snyder)  (The Associated Press)

  • Cincinnati's Sean Kilpatrick, right, leaps above teammate Justin Jackson, left, and Marshall's Dennis Tinnon while trying to grab a rebound during an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Charleston, W.Va. Kilpatrick had six rebounds in Cincinnati's 72-56 victory against Marshall. (AP Photo/Randy Snyder)

    Cincinnati's Sean Kilpatrick, right, leaps above teammate Justin Jackson, left, and Marshall's Dennis Tinnon while trying to grab a rebound during an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Charleston, W.Va. Kilpatrick had six rebounds in Cincinnati's 72-56 victory against Marshall. (AP Photo/Randy Snyder)  (The Associated Press)

The city's basketball rivalry is being renewed in a very different way.

When Xavier and Cincinnati played last season, their crosstown game ended with punches and punishments — four players from each team suspended. The small Catholic school and large public school spent the rest of the season dealing with the black mark on their reputations.

They play again on Wednesday night in a different setting. The game has been moved off campus to a downtown arena.

The mood is different, too. There's been no trash talking between Xavier (7-2) and No. 11 Cincinnati (10-0). Both teams are avoiding talk of the brawl as well, wishing they could move beyond it.

A good, clean game on Wednesday night at U.S. Bank Arena would go a long way in that regard.