Wednesday, October 23, 2013

UTEP to play Kentucky for 50th anniversary of '66 game on Martin Luther King Day: Report

In 2016, it will mark 50 years since Kentucky lost to Texas Western in the 1966 men's national championship game, a game now viewed as one of the most significant in college basketball history.

That game blew away one facet of racial prejudice that contended that an all-black lineup could not win at the highest level. Then-Texas Western (now The University of Texas-El Paso) coach Don Haskins used only black players in the victory over all-white Kentucky.

Current UTEP head coach Tim Floyd said Wednesday afternoon the two schools were working on a plan to honor that milestone victory and mark the 50th anniversary of the classic match-up by meeting once again on Martin Luther King Day in 2016.

According to Floyd, the teams are hoping to schedule the game at Maryland, the site of the 1966 game.

This is sports history that deserves such a tribute.

1 comment:

  1. Race-hustling for relevance (UTEP)/money (UTEP/KENTUCKY).