1966 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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1966 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 22
Finals site Cole Field House
College Park, Maryland
Champions Texas Western (1st title, 1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Runner-up Kentucky (5th title game,
6th Final Four)
  • Duke (3rd Final Four)
  • Utah (3rd Final Four)
Winning coach Don Haskins (1st title)
MOP Jerry Chambers Utah
Attendance 140,925
Top scorer Jerry Chambers Utah
(143 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1965 1967»

The 1966 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 22 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 7, 1966, and ended with the championship game on March 19 in College Park, Maryland. A total of 26 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game.

Texas Western, coached by Don Haskins, won the national title with a 72–65 victory in the final game over Kentucky, coached by Adolph Rupp. Coach Haskins started five black players for the first time in NCAA Championship history. Jerry Chambers of Utah was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. The 2006 film Glory Road is based on the story of the 1966 Texas Western team.


Region Site Other Locations
East Raleigh, North Carolina Blacksburg, Virginia
Mideast Iowa City, Iowa Kent, Ohio
Midwest Lubbock, Texas Wichita, Kansas
West Los Angeles, California Wichita, Kansas
Finals College Park, Maryland


Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East n/a Davidson Lefty Driesell Regional Fourth Place Saint Joseph's L 92-76
East n/a Duke Vic Bubas Third Place Utah W 79-77
East n/a Providence Joe Mullaney First round Saint Joseph's L 65-48
East n/a Rhode Island Ernie Calverley First round Davidson L 95-65
East n/a Saint Joseph's Jack Ramsay Regional Third Place Davidson W 92-76
East n/a Syracuse Fred Lewis Regional Runner-up Duke L 91-81
Mideast n/a Dayton Don Donoher Regional Fourth Place Western Kentucky L 82-62
Mideast n/a Kentucky Adolph Rupp Runner Up Texas Western L 72-65
Mideast n/a Loyola, Chicago George Ireland First round Western Kentucky L 105-86
Mideast n/a Miami, Ohio Dick Shrider First round Dayton L 58-51
Mideast n/a Michigan Dave Strack Regional Runner-up Kentucky L 84-77
Mideast n/a Western Kentucky Johnny Oldham Regional Third Place Dayton W 82-62
Midwest n/a Cincinnati Tay Baker Regional Fourth Place Texas Western L 89-84
Midwest n/a Kansas Ted Owens Regional Runner-up Texas Western L 81-80
Midwest n/a Oklahoma City Abe Lemons First round Texas Western L 89-74
Midwest n/a SMU Doc Hayes Regional Third Place Kansas W 89-84
Midwest n/a Texas Western Don Haskins Champion Kentucky W 72-65
West n/a Colorado State Jim Williams First round Houston L 82-76
West n/a Houston Guy Lewis Regional Third Place Pacific W 102-91
West n/a Oregon State Paul Valenti Regional Runner-up Utah L 70-64
West n/a Pacific Dick Edwards Regional Fourth Place Houston L 102-91
West n/a Utah Jack Gardner Fourth Place Duke L 79-77


East region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Duke 76  
       St. Joseph's 74  
   St. Joseph's 65
     Providence 48  
       Duke 91
     Syracuse 81
   Syracuse 94
       Davidson 78  
   Davidson 96
     Rhode Island 65  

Mideast region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Kentucky 86  
       Dayton 79  
   Dayton 58
     Miami-OH 51  
       Kentucky 84
     Michigan 77
   Michigan 80
       Western Kentucky 79  
   Western Kentucky 105
     Loyola-IL 86  

Midwest region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Kansas 76  
       SMU 70  
       Kansas 80
     Texas Western 81
   Cincinnati 76
       Texas Western 78  
   Texas Western 89
     Oklahoma City 74  

West region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Utah 83  
       Pacific 51  
       Utah 70
     Oregon State 64
   Oregon State 63
       Houston 60  
   Houston 82
     Colorado State 76  

Final Four[edit]

National Semifinals National Championship Game
E Duke 79
ME Kentucky 83
ME Kentucky 65
MW Texas Western 72
MW Texas Western 85
W Utah 78

National Third Place Game[edit]

National Third Place Game [1]
E Duke 79
W Utah 77

Regional Third Place Games[edit]

Game summaries[edit]

The Tournament is most remembered as for the all-black starting five of Texas Western defeating an all-white starting five for Kentucky in the championship game.[2] In the 1963 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, Loyola started four African-Americans and Cincinnati started three. That was the first time that a majority of African-Americans participated in the championship game.

Clem Haskins and Dwight Smith became the first black athletes to integrate the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers basketball program in the Fall of 1963.[3] This put Western Kentucky at the forefront to integrate college basketball in the Southeast.[4] The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers were 2 points away from defeating Michigan and meeting the University of Kentucky Wildcats in the Mideast regional final. A controversial foul called against Smith during a jump ball put Cazzie Russell on the free throw line for Michigan, where he scored the tying and winning baskets.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "1954 NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket". Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ Fitzpatrick, Frank - Texas Western's 1966 title left lasting legacy. ESPN Classic, November 19, 2003
  3. ^ Hilltopper Legend Dwight Smith Hilltopper Haven. Accessed 2009-06-24. Archived 2009-07-21.
  4. ^ Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem - My thoughts on UCLA in the Final Four Los Angeles Times, March 31, 2008. Western Kentucky was the forefront of the fight to integrate college basketball in the 1960s and early '70s.
  5. ^ O'Donnell, Chuck - Cazzie Russell: converting two free throws with no time left advanced Michigan in the 1966 NCAA Tournament - The Game I'll Never Forget - University of Michigan versus Western Kentucky University. Basketball Digest, January/February 2004 issue