To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Texas Western’s 1966 national championship victory in men’s basketball, ESPN will be airing the game Wednesday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. ET.
What made the Miners’ 72-65 win against the Kentucky Wildcats so historic was the fact that it was the first time a team had a starting lineup of five black players in the national championship game for basketball.
Making History: The 1966 NCAA Championship – Texas Western vs. Kentucky is a 90-minute presentation featuring the audio call of Walt Sullivan featuring every basket of the game that took place Cole Field House in College Park, Md. on March 19, 1966.
In addition to the airing of the game, John Saunders and Jay Bilas will host a pregame, halftime and post-game studio show joined by Michael Wilbon who will provide his views and additional historical context.
Additional content to be featured will be interviews with players on the team, a tribute from President Obama and pieces on SportsCenter and Outside the Lines chronicling the event.
ESPN’s presentation of the game will be re-aired on Sunday, April 3 at 11 a.m. on ESPN2 during the 2016 Final Four as well.
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