The 1965-1966 Texas Western basketball team faced many issues because of their color. For example when they won the championship no one brought out a ladder for them to cut down the net. Nevil Shed had to hoist up Willie Worsley so he could do the honors. Also they were never invited on "The Ed Sullivan Show" which was customary for the NCAA Champions. Texas Western (UTEP) winning the championship, started the integration of collegiate athletics; with the Southeastern Conference admitting their first colored athlete in Basketball in 1967.
The Texas Western Basketball team faced racism throughout the season both on and off the court. An example of racism they faced on the court came from officials calling their games. This is because they had an all Black starting lineup so they favored other teams because they had at least one white player on the court at all times. For example when Texas Western played Seattle in the last game of the season Bobby Joe Hill cut to the basket and was knocked down by a Seattle player when he went up for a shot and no foul was called. No fouls were called on Seattle the entire game. Also Texas Western was never given much respect because they would start five blacks on a game. For example when they were playing Iowa in the sunbelt tournament and when Don Haskins ran into the Iowa coach and his team at a cafe and said it would be a tough game but Iowa head coach said I expect this to be an easy game and that this won't be too hard. He said this in front of his team and that teams thought nothing of them and they were a horrible team but really they were an elite team.