1968 NCAA Championship Basketball Game
The NCAA Championship Basketball game on March 19, 1968 was one of the most consequential events in American sports history. The Texas Western University men's basketball team, which featured an all-black starting lineup, faced off against the all-white University of Kentucky team, which included future coaching great Pat Riley. This was the first time in NCAA Championship history that all of the starters on a team were African American. The Miners' starting five—Bobby Joe Hill, David Lattin, Orsten Artis, Willie Worsley, and Harry Flournoy—played a disciplined, fundamentally sound game en route to a 72-65 victory. They held their lead beginning at 16-11 and never trailed. The game was a watershed moment for coaches and players of the time, and it wasn't long until all-white teams like Kentucky's disappeared from the basketball landscape. The game and the story surrounding it were depicted in the 2006 film, Glory Road.
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