ROUTE ’66 | Photo gallery of Texas Western’s championship season


“Playing with confidence, determination, and intensity, Texas Western made history on March 19, 1966 when the Miners became the first team in history to win the NCAA championship with five African-American players in the starting lineup. By beating an all-white Kentucky squad in the title game, 72-65, the Miners contributed to a sea change in intercollegiate athletics.”

That is the Basketball Hall of Fame’s introduction to Texas Western’s 1966 NCAA championship team, which was inducted in 2007.

Below, view photos from the Miners’ championship season courtesy of UTEP Athletics.

Texas Western players with their NCAA championship trophy in 1966
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Above: Texas Western celebrates after beating Kentucky. (Getty Images)



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