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Sunday / December 17.
  • Mick Cronin Tries to Fight J.P. Macura Following War of Words

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    By MIKE McCURRY

    Cincinnati did not show a ton of fight in a rather lifeless 89-76 loss to archrival Xavier in the Crosstown Shootout on Saturday, but their coach certainly did afterward.

    Mick Cronin left Xavier guard J.P. Macura hanging in the handshake line then, naturally, attempted to fight him.

    According to Cronin, he was incited by the always fiery Macura during the game. Cronin would not directly name Macura in his postgame presser, but it’s crystal clear as to who he was referring to.

    When Xavier head coach Chris Mack took the podium, he provided his own firsthand account of a similar exchange. According to Mack, he was told to ‘eff-off’ and was called the N-word by former Cincinnati Bearcat and current Indiana Pacer Lance Stephenson in the 2009 Crosstown Shootout.

    Chances are this is far from over between two programs that, well, won’t be sending each other Christmas cards in a few weeks.

    If the basketball Gods do exist, Cincinnati and Xavier will meet again in the NCAA Tournament.

    Photo: @XavierMBB

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