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Texas Western College Basketball Team

On March 19, 1966, Texas Western College [now the University of Texas at El Paso] defeated the University of Kentucky in the NCAA Basketball Championship game played at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House. It was the first time that a team with five starting African American players defeated a team with five white starting players. The UK team was coached by Adolph Rupp (1901-1977) and the Texas Western team was coached by Don Haskins (1930-2008). For more see And the Walls Came Tumbling Down: Kentucky, Texas Western, and the Game that Changed American Sports, by F. Fitzpatrick; Adolph Rupp by R. Rice; and Glory Road (book) by D. Haskins and D. Wetzel; and Glory Road (DVD), by J. Lucas, et al.


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NKAA Source: And the walls came tumbling down: Kentucky, Texas Western, and the game that changed American sports
NKAA Source: Adolph Rupp : Kentucky's basketball baron
NKAA Source: Glory road : my story of the 1966 NCAA basketball championship and how one team triumphed against the odds and changed America forever
NKAA Source: Glory road (videorecording)

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