Though the change did not occur immediately, in the years that followed this game, basketball teams quickly became integrated. Between 1966 and 1985, the average number of black players doubled.RANK: 23 LOCATION: Cole Field House | College Park, Md. DATE: 3/19/1966 CATEGORY: NCAA BB
Texas Western met Kentucky in the 1966 NCAA basketball title game, becoming the first school ever to start five black players in an NCAA championship game. In a stadium full of almost exclusively white fans, officials and coaches, Texas Western defeated No. 1 Kentucky and changed the college basketball landscape forever.