• October 26, 2021
 ESPN to air Texas Western’s Historic 1966 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game

1966 TWC Miners / Photo courtesy UTEP

ESPN to air Texas Western’s Historic 1966 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game

In celebration of the 50th anniversary, ESPN will present Texas Western’s historic victory in the 1966 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament Championship Game on Wednesday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The Miners’ 72-65 win against the Kentucky Wildcats became a watershed moment in sports history because it was the first time a college basketball team started five African-American players in the sport’s title game.

Making History: The 1966 NCAA Championship – Texas Western vs. Kentucky is a 90-minute presentation featuring the audio call of Walt Sullivan and will contain every basket that took place inside Cole Field House in College Park, Md. on March 19, 1966.

ESPN’s Presentation Highlights:

  • Saunders and Bilas: John Saunders and Jay Bilas will host a pregame, halftime and post-game studio element and be joined by Michael Wilbon who will provide his views and additional historical context.
  • First Hand Account: Texas Western’s Dave Lattin – the starting center on the 1966 championship team – will be interviewed
  • Iconic Photographs:Original photos, courtesy of former Sports Illustrated photographer Rich Clarkson, will be incorporated.
  • President Obama:The President of the United States paid tribute to the team earlier this year and his message will be a part of the telecast.
  • Additional Programming:On Wednesday, Outside the Lines (1:30 p.m.) and SportsCenter (6 p.m.) are expected to touch on the historic victory.

Making History: The 1966 NCAA Championship – Texas Western vs. Kentucky

o    A 90-Minute Presentation Featuring Every Basket and Play-by-Play Celebrating the 50th Anniversary

o    John Saunders and Jay Bilas along with Michael Wilbon Provide Historical Context and Surrounding Commentary

o    Texas Western Player Dave Lattin to be Interviewed; Additional Comments from Other Participating Players

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  • Can you confirm the El Paso time for this broadcast, and which ESPN channel? There are many ESPN channels.

    • According to the ESPN website, this will be on the main ESPN Channel.

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