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1966 NCAA Basketball Championship - Texas Western vs. Kentucky

by Matt Delmont

On April 2, 1966, Pittsburgh Courier sports editor Bill Nunn, Jr., wrote about the Texas Western Miners men's basketball team. The newly crowned national champions upset Adolph Rupp's Kentucky Wildcats, and became the first team to win the title with five African-American starters. "Few individuals (not readers of this column) it turns out, were aware of the fact that the Miners floored five Negroes on their starting five this season," Nunn wrote. "Even less, gave the galloping Texas any sort of a chance against a Kentucky team that had been built up as some sort of supermen from another planet. Yet, when the dust of battle had cleared there was Kentucky, tears and all, accepting the prizes that go to losers. The Wildcats had met their masters an were now as tame as kittens."

1966 NCAA Basketball Championship - Texas Western vs. Kentucky

1966 NCAA Basketball Championship - Texas Western vs. Kentucky

from 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship (1966)
Creator: NCAA
Posted by Matt Delmont
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