(Not So) Wordless Wednesday: NCAA B-Ball Pioneers
Many thanks to Sean at Tullycraft News for calling my attention to this wonderful and historic photograph. This photo was taken on March 19, 1966, a day that marked a turning point in NCAA men’s basketball. If you saw the 2006 film that told the story of this team, then you already know 1) that in 1966, Texas Western College (now University of Texas at El Paso) defeated the University of Kentucky in the NCAA final, and 2)that this marked the first time that a team with an all African American starting lineup won the Division I college hoops final.
The Texas Western starting five consisted of Bobby Joe Hill, Harry Flournoy, Nevil Shed, David Lattin, and Willie Worsley. The final score was Texas 72 – Kentucky 65.
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