Texas Western made history with its win over Kentucky in the 1966 national championship game.
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24.Texas Western, 1966

Texas Western, now UTEP, helped change college basketball when it defeated Adolph Rupp's Kentucky squad in 1966. The Miners' all-black starting five outplayed the Wildcats' all-white starting five in a 72-65 victory. "They were just better than we were tonight," Rupp said after the game. Nothing came easily for the Miners. They advanced to the Final Four only after an overtime win against Cincinnati and a double-overtime victory against Kansas. Bobby Joe Hill led the squad with 20 points in the title game. Don Haskins was a reputable coach and Hill and Co. stayed in the top 10 of the Associated Press/UPI polls throughout the season. "Glory Road" discusses the team's legacy. But make no mistake. The Miners were an outstanding team that deserves credit for its talent, too. -- Myron Medcalf