I think we're all in agreement that the ugly scene that capped this year's Crosstown Shootout between the Xavier Musketeers and Cincinnati Bearcats was disturbing on a number of levels and ought not repeated again. Sadly, it likely will be.
Brawls have happened many times before in college basketball, and I'd venture to say that this is not the worst we've ever seen, just the most recent. And given the current approach to fighting by these teams, their conferences and the NCAA, it does not feel to me that there's anything that suggests the absolute prevention of future fights.
To help provide a frame of reference for this discussion, let's first look at some of the past big brawls that have marred the sport (with video when possible) and the punishments those participants received:
North Carolina at Duke, Feb. 4, 1961
North Carolina's Larry Brown and Duke's Art Heyman were involved in a brawl that spilled all over the court at Cameron Indoor Stadium and had 10 policemen involved to break it up. Brown, Heyman and North Carolina's Donnie Walsh were suspended by the ACC for the remainder of the conference season.
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