Toughness- the quality of being strong and determined: the quality of being not easily defeated or made weaker: (The Cambridge Dictionary)
The Crosstown Shootout is a game defined by being tough. Whether it was the pantomime toughness of the Bob Huggins era Bearcats or Xavier’s tough guys on the court, neither program has ever shied away from letting a bit of nails sneak into their game. This season, as it has been for quite some time, it was the Xavier Musketeers who demonstrated they have it when it matters.
A lot of Xavier’s hype coming into the game centered on the idea that Xavier would continue to “run this city.